Obama White House releases report on privacy and innovation

(Jan 20, 2017) Earlier this week, former President Barack Obama released a report summing up his administration's work on privacy, surveillance and innovation. "Trust is a bedrock of our society, our economy, and our Nation," Obama wrote, "and respect for our privacy is one of the cornerstones of that public trust. Yet in a world where a private opinion expressed online can ricochet among millions in an instant, privacy has never been more at risk. Nor has there been a time in history in which the global flow ... Read More

Jourová: Privacy Shield, Umbrella Agreement will continue under Trump

(Jan 20, 2017) EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová is confident the Privacy Shield and Umbrella Agreement will continue under U.S. President Donald Trump, EurActiv.com reports. “I have been assured by insiders that President Trump and his administration do understand the importance of trade relations between the United States and the European Union,” said Jourová. “A significant part of the EU-US trade exchange depends also on personal data transfers. Therefore, I believe that the Privacy Shield should go on ... Read More

U.S. commerce nominee says he will uphold Privacy Shield, for now

(Jan 19, 2017) President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said he will uphold the Privacy Shield agreement, but alluded to possible changes in the future, Morning Consult reports. Ross said he will back the Privacy Shield, as it already exists, but said there should be equality between "data protectionism" and privacy. “The agreements that exist obviously exist, but I think going forward there will be a tension between privacy on one hand and problems of localization ... Read More

Kerry, Raul: Trump must preserve PPD-28 and Privacy Shield

(Jan 19, 2017) In a blog post for Lawfare, Sidley Austin's Cameron Kerry and Alan Charles Raul make an economic case for preserving Presidential Policy Directive 28 and the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. With a new presidential administration about to take the reigns, Kerry and Raul argue that President Barack Obama's "executive order extending certain privacy protections to ordinary foreign citizens should not be on the chopping block because it is vital to trans-Atlantic digital trade and e-commerce." The... Read More

Theresa May details Brexit plan, will retain GDPR

(Jan 18, 2017) In a highly anticipated speech Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her plans for Brexit. Though she made it clear the U.K. will withdraw from the EU and the single market, she did say it will retain the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, V3 reports. She pointed out that "not everybody will be able to know everything at every stage. But I recognise how important it is to provide business, the public sector, and everybody with as much certainty as possible as we move through... Read More

Tan Kiat How: A conversation with Singapore’s new data protection commissioner

(Jan 17, 2017) With the new year came a new chief executive officer at Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority. Tan Kiat How took over as CEO of the IMDA, as well as commissioner of the IMDA-housed Personal Data Protection Commission, on Jan. 1, having previously served as Deputy Secretary (Cyber and Technology) of the Ministry of Communications and Information. In this Q&A, the new head of the PDPC discusses the commission’s role in educating the commercial sector, the major issues he sees in pr... Read More

Podcast: Phil Lee on overcoming tribalism and how to get GDPR-ready

(Jan 13, 2017) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Fieldfisher's Phil Lee, CIPM, CIPP/E, discusses his career counseling companies both in the U.S. and the EU, and the differences in personality often apparent between companies on either side of the pond as both try to navigate the evolving privacy landscape. Lee says we need to "avoid the tribalism that has perhaps arisen" between the two sides. He gets into the details of what his clients are struggling with as they prepare for GDPR compliance, p... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Phil Lee

(Jan 13, 2017) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Fieldfisher's Phil Lee, CIPM, CIPP/E, discusses his career counseling companies both in the U.S. and the EU, and the differences in personality often apparent between companies on either side of the pond as both try to navigate the evolving privacy landscape. Lee says we need to "avoid the tribalism that has perhaps arisen" between the two sides. He gets into the details of what his clients are struggling with as they prepare for GDPR compliance, p... Read More

Baker: European Commission eyes end to data localization in EU

(Jan 12, 2017) Perhaps lost in all the ePrivacy news earlier this week, the European Commission also initiated a discussion on how to better manage the EU's data economy, a discussion that "could have implications far beyond the ePrivacy Regulation," Jennifer Baker reports for The Privacy Advisor. The official communication laid out the Commission's concerns and ideas about strengthening the digital economy, including looking into possibly ending data localization in the region. In this exclusive for The Priva... Read More

European Commission eyes an end to data localization in EU

(Jan 12, 2017) You might have missed it on Tuesday amid the rush to see what the European Commission is proposing to do to Europe’s ePrivacy law, but Brussels lawmakers also started a discussion on how to manage “the European data economy,” which could have implications far beyond the ePrivacy Regulation. An official communication set out the Commission’s concerns and ideas. Luckily, they also launched a public consultation, so everyone can have their say. According to the Commission, “the EU is currently not... Read More