Blockchain: Practical use cases for the privacy pro — Learning from Estonia

(Apr 23, 2018) Many Americans would not be able to point out Estonia on a map, yet the tiny country has become a technological powerhouse and is the headquarters for NATO’s Cyber Defense Centre. Estonia was also the first country to vote online (in 2005), and almost all Estonians can now file taxes online within minutes. Now the Estonian government is heavily turning to blockchain technology to further advance its digital government services and provide citizens with greater control over their personal data. ... Read More

How US CLOUD will impact the global data arena

(Apr 19, 2018) In an article for the Australian Financial Review, Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs at Microsoft Australia and New Zealand Tom Daemen, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, writes that the collective impact of the U.S. Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act’s recent passage will lay the legal foundation for the modernization of data protection laws. In what he calls the “first stepping stone in a continuing journey,” Daemen wrote, “The CLOUD Act will reduce the likelihood of conflict over govern... Read More

California's Erasure Law: RTBF Lite?

(Apr 17, 2018) While most are familiar with the European Union’s right to be forgotten, now codified in the General Data Protection Regulation, many fewer are aware that, in 2015, California enacted the Online Eraser Law. Shaudee Dehghan, CIPP/US, writes that while some "are touting it as the 'Right To Be Forgotten Lite'" it doesn't quite stack up that way. In this comparison of the two laws for Privacy Perspectives, Dehghan writes that California's law is "simply legislating a delete button for minors," with ... Read More

How does California's Erasure Law stack up against the EU's right to be forgotten

(Apr 17, 2018) While most are familiar with the European Union’s right to be forgotten, fewer are aware that in 2015, California enacted the Online Eraser Law, which many are touting as the “Right To Be Forgotten Lite” as it allows minors to “erase” their content online. But, is California’s law actually RTBF Lite? Here’s how it stacks up against the European Union’s right to be forgotten. The European right to be forgotten is grounded in the belief that individuals should have autonomy over their online pres... Read More

A privacy pro's guide to explainability in machine learning models

(Apr 13, 2018) With the EU General Data Protection Regulation just around the corner, there has been some debate and discussion about whether the law requires a "right to an explanation" from machine learning models. "Regardless of the regulation's effects on machine learning, however, the practical implications of attempting to explain machine learning models presents significant difficulties," Immuta Legal Engineer Stuart Shirrell writes. "These difficulties will become an increasing focus for privacy profes... Read More

Exploring the potential privacy implications of a 'web 3.0'

(Apr 13, 2018) "To many privacy professionals, a 'user-centered internet for individuals' would only exist in a perfect utopian world," writes Duff & Phelps Regulatory Consultant Seth Litwack, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT. "Yet, as the blockchain ecosystem matures, individual control, trust and security are consistent themes that blockchain and cryptocurrency platforms are attempting to tackle. In the not-too-distant future, a cryptographically secured digital identity may allow us to 'trustlessly' complete transac... Read More

Podcast: Robocalls, why are they a thing?

(Apr 13, 2018) Robocalls. We've all gotten them. Consumers in the U.S. received approximately 2.5 billion robocalls per month last year. It's the number one complaint the Federal Communications Commission hears, and it's their number one enforcement priority right now. Sometimes, the calls are even scary, claiming you'll be arrested or taken to court if you don't respond immediately. But who are these people making robocalls? Why is it an on-the-rise crime? And if regulatory agencies are struggling to find a f... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Robocalls, a series

(Apr 13, 2018) Robocalls. We've all gotten them. Consumers in the U.S. received approximately 2.5 billion robocalls per month last year. It's the number one complaint the Federal Communications Commission hears, and it's their number one enforcement priority right now. Sometimes, the calls are even scary, claiming you'll be arrested or taken to court if you don't respond immediately. But who are these people making robocalls? Why is it an on-the-rise crime? And if regulatory agencies are struggling to find a f... Read More

Op-ed: Tech industry's lobbying power should not be underestimated

(Apr 12, 2018) In an op-ed for The New York Times, Alvaro Bedoya writes that Silicon Valley's lobbying power should not be underestimated. Bedoya writes that not since 2009 has Congress passed a new major privacy law. He also notes that since 2009, Facebook increased its lobbying expenditure fiftyfold. Even still, the $11.5 million Facebook spent in 2017 still falls behind the capital spent by Amazon and Alphabet on lobbying efforts. Bedoya writes that while the recent data-harvesting scandal may pave the way ... Read More

How protectionist policies can impact digital developments

(Apr 11, 2018) In an article for Adweek, Mike Herrick writes about how a protectionist mindset seems to be gaining global popularity and warns of the potential impact it could have on digital platforms. As companies move to comply with data localization requirements, Herrick writes that this may carry the unintended consequence of slowing the development of robust artificial intelligence systems and limit data-sharing partnerships. Instead, he suggests that companies should implement better data stewardship pr... Read More