Wright Will Be Missed at FTC

(Aug 28, 2015) While some critics painted him as anti-privacy, Arnall Golden Gregory Partner Bob Belair argues in a post for Privacy Perspectives that recently resigned FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright’s record shows that criticism to be unfair. Rather, his perspective on privacy will be missed at the FTC, as it was unique among the commissioners. “Should the privacy community care about Wright’s departure?” Belair writes with AGG Associate Maayan Lattin, “I think so.”Full Story... Read More

Could Drone Regulation Find Solutions in LED License Plates?

(Aug 28, 2015) Less than two weeks after the first FAA-approved drone delivery, government, academic and industry leaders gathered at the NASA Ames Research Center to discuss an impending future when Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) become commonplace in our daily lives. The 2015 UAS Traffic Management Conference centered on NASA’s role in engineering a central, federal system capable of coordinating FAA-permitted drone delivery missions while safely avoiding manned traffic. Daniel Healow, CIPP/US, was at the con... Read More

FTC Announces New Event, PrivacyCon

(Aug 28, 2015) In order to best ensure solid consumer privacy policy while concurrently encouraging technological innovation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) needs greater input from technologists, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez writes in an op-ed for Ars Technica announcing a new event this January. “We hear frequently from industry groups, consumer advocates and government colleagues about policy issues,” Ramirez says. “We also hear from technologists, but not as much as we'd like—we need more of them to we... Read More

License Plate Reader Controversy at Forefront After Wednesday’s Killings

(Aug 28, 2015) After Virginia State Police used an automatic license-plate reader (ALPR) to spot Vester Lee Flanagan fleeing the scene after shooting to death two journalists, the debate over ALPRs has come to the forefront, SC Magazine reports. While organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union have spoken out against the devices for the privacy implications for ordinary citizens, police departments say they’re a critical tool in controlling crime. Jennife... Read More

NSA and BfV Surveillance Exchange Revealed

(Aug 28, 2015) The National Security Agency (NSA) and its German equivalent, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), traded access to the U.S. Internet surveillance program XKeyscore for targeted surveillance information on German citizens, The National Journal reports. While former German Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar claimed that he “knew nothing about such an exchange deal," an official memo obtained by Die Ziet—the outlet that broke the story—indicates that Germany pledged to "... Read More

FERPA Updates: It’s a No From the Internet Association

(Aug 28, 2015) The Internet Association takes umbrage with proposed revisions to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) via the Student Privacy Protections Act, arguing that the requirements are “too broad,” The Hill reports. “As currently drafted, the data security and privacy provisions of the bill impose vague security requirements, including notice requirements triggered by a ‘breach of the security practices,’ which theoretically could include common employee errors such as failing to properl... Read More

Delaware Reader Privacy Law Takes Effect January 1

(Aug 28, 2015) On January 1, 2016, a new law will go into effect in Delaware that requires all book service providers with online sales exceeding two percent of their gross sales to protect the privacy of customer information, reports the American Booksellers Association. The Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act will not affect most independent booksellers because it applies only to companies that sell a lot of books online, the report states. And unlike reader privacy laws in California and New Jersey, ... Read More

Gov. Vetoes Notification Bill Expansion

(Aug 28, 2015) A recent attempt by the Illinois legislature to significantly expand the scope of the Illinois data breach notification legislation was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, HealthITSecurity reports. Rauner said Illinois Senate Bill 1833 “goes too far,” and the proposed legislation includes “duplicative and burdensome requirements” that other states don’t have. He added such requirements will hurt the state economy. Specifically, he said, including geolocation information and consumer marketing data unde... Read More

Corporation Commission To Investigate Data-Sharing Complaint

(Aug 28, 2015) The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) plans to investigate a complaint alleging Westar Energy violated customers’ privacy. The Hutchinson News reports Westar partnered with Home Serve USA in October to give customers the option to buy coverage for electric infrastructure around their homes not covered by the utility. But one Emporia resident filed a complaint with the KCC alleging Westar violated its privacy policy by giving her information to Home Serve, claiming she's received junk mail from... Read More

Wright Will Be Missed at the FTC

(Aug 28, 2015) This week, Commissioner Joshua D. Wright left the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to return to his faculty position at George Mason University. Wright was one of two Republican commissioners and, in his almost three-year tenure at the Commission, Wright focused mostly on the FTC’s antitrust responsibilities. That being the case, should the privacy community care about Wright’s departure? I think so. Many privacy advocates have criticized what they see as Commissioner Wright’s overly empirical, ... Read More