Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, Feb. 9, 2018

(Feb 9, 2018) Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire! First off, I have to give a shout out to the Philadelphia Eagles on a well-earned victory in the Super Bowl. It has been fun seeing the joy it brought to the city and its fans. I just hope no one got hurt diving off the Ritz-Carlton awning or while hanging out on top of the various streetlights in Center City! Eagles fans are certainly ... unique.  On a more serious note, I was sorry to see that internet pioneer John Perry Barlow passed away this week.... Read More

Book review: 'Lexicon' has some interesting themes, falls a bit flat in the end

(Jan 23, 2018) “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Within a few pages of reading “Lexicon,” it becomes apparent author Max Barry has a grudge against that phrase, as his novel puts readers in a world where words can hurt, and even kill. Barry’s story follows two separate storylines. Teenager Emily Ruff finds herself being recruited from the streets of San Francisco into a secret society of “poets,” a group of people who use language and word combinations to break through a p... Read More

New art matching app raises privacy concerns

(Jan 17, 2018) The latest version of Google's Arts and Culture app, which has users matching their selfies to works of art from museums worldwide, has some raising concerns about the privacy implications of sending facial information to Google, The Washington Post reports. A spokesman for Google has said the uploaded selfies are used for nothing more than art matches, and the app clarifies the company “will only store your photo for the time it takes to search for matches.” Jeramie Scott, national security cou... Read More

Op-Ed: User-generated content blurs the public-private line

(Jan 17, 2018) In a column for The Hill, Neil Richards discusses recent fallout from YouTube star Logan Paul after he published video of what appears to be a dead body in Japan's so-called "suicide forest." The incident, Richards states, encapsulates the significant issues with user-generated content and speaks to the inability of laws to keep up with the digital era. “Paul’s story is exceptional, but for many people it underlined the open questions we have about privacy in the digital age," Richards writes. "... Read More

CES 2018: The show must go on

(Jan 11, 2018) On the third day of my adventures at CES 2018, an iconic, welcomed presence finally made its way to the massive tech conference. That's right, the sun decided to hit the show floor, happily illuminating the thousands of patrons who are looking to get a first look at some of the brightest minds in technology.  Oh yeah, there was also a blackout that you might have heard about. Fortunately, CES 2018 was able to keep going despite the technical difficulties that sent Twitter ablaze.  [caption id=... Read More

CES 2018, day two: Fear and loathing at Eureka Park

(Jan 10, 2018) The world's largest consumer electronics trade show takes place this week, and IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, is on-site to see what role privacy is playing at the show. His mission on day two? To "see if privacy companies were among the fledgling startups, and I am happy to say I found some really interesting people to talk to," he writes. In this report from Las Vegas for Privacy Tech, Chiavetta introduces us to a handful of privacy-focused startups that are selling creative pr... Read More

CES 2018: Fear and loathing at Eureka Park

(Jan 10, 2018) About a month before I found out I would be attending CES 2018, I read Hunter S. Thompson's classic novel, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." What a coincidence that I would soon be occupying some of the same areas documented in one of the most wild drug trips in American literature. I am here to tell you that my experience and Dr. Gonzo's experience in Sin City have absolutely nothing in common. No bats. No drugged out lawyers dolling out bad advice. No wistful mourning of the 1960s. Instead, ... Read More

When the IAPP goes to CES 2018: Day one

(Jan 9, 2018) The Consumer Electronics Show is now underway in Las Vegas. This massive trade show includes the leading consumer electronics products in the world, which means many of the issues privacy pros are concerned about — internet-of-things devices, robotics, artificial intelligence, and biometrics — are on full display on the show floor. This year, the IAPP's Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, is there and reports for Privacy Tech on several conference sessions he attended Monday, including the trends to watch ... Read More

Podcast: Was 2017 just the amuse-bouche for 2018?

(Jan 5, 2018) By any measure, 2017 was a banner year for privacy. Here at the IAPP, we saw an incredible surge of activity, from attendance at IAPP KnowledgeNets and Privacy After Hours to certifications to podcast listens. The most obvious push behind that surge was that four-letter word, the GDPR. But interpreting the text of the EU's new data protection regime wasn't the only news that mattered in 2017. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, the IAPP Publications Team sits around the microphone on... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Was 2017 just the amuse-bouche for 2018?

(Jan 5, 2018) By any measure, 2017 was a banner year for privacy. Here at the IAPP, we saw an incredible surge of activity, from attendance at IAPP KnowledgeNets and Privacy After Hours to certifications to podcast listens. The most obvious push behind that surge was that four-letter word, the GDPR. But interpreting the text of the EU's new data protection regime wasn't the only news that mattered in 2017. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, the IAPP Publications Team sits around the microphone on... Read More