Report: EU officials say US taking Privacy Shield seriously

(Oct 19, 2018) Euractiv reports on comments from EU officials stating that a delegation of senior U.S. officials in Brussels, including Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, indicates the "'seriousness by which the Americans are progressing' in their management of the deal." The comments come as the European Commission conducts its second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. In a tweet, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová‏ said Shield "is a commercial success" and that a European Com... Read More

Ankura acquires Navigant’s privacy team

(Oct 19, 2018) On Aug. 24, Ankura Consulting Group completed its acquisition of the privacy team housed within the Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment of Navigant, a firm specializing in advisory and consulting services. Ankura has acquired a team of privacy professionals with backgrounds in data management and EU data protection law and experience delivering General Data Protection Regulation readiness programs. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, spoke with members from both organizat... Read More

Using data integrity to preserve democracy

(Oct 18, 2018) During their keynote panel here in Austin, Texas, David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, and Jeff Jonas, founder of Senzing, had some good news for a crowd of privacy professionals who'd heard what some would say was a deluge of bad news via the keynotes presented at P.S.R. 2018 the night before. (The shorthand version of those keynotes is this: Algorithmic discrimination is pervasive and tech behemoths have us over a line, and for now we're simply v... Read More

FTC’s Chopra: US regulators must not fail us again

(Oct 18, 2018) Six months into his new role as commissioner at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Rohit Chopra is still settling into his role, but he knows he has at least two priorities going forward: First, is to bring “more enforcement teeth to everything that we do.” Second, though, follows on from the first: “We have to prove to the public that we’re up to the task. Otherwise that’s a recipe for disaster.” Chopra, who spoke as part of a live recording of The Privacy Advisor Podcast here at the Privacy. ... Read More

EU, US officials meet for second Privacy Shield review

(Oct 18, 2018) EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross are among the more than 100 officials set to meet for the second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, Politico reports. The European Union seeks concessions from the U.S. on government agencies' use of EU citizens' data. The U.S. believes the Fourth Amendment and its current data-sharing deal with the EU offer proper privacy protections. “We have a list of things which needs to be done on the Americ... Read More

Sen. Warner discusses America's failure to lead in cybersecurity

(Oct 18, 2018) In an interview for Slate’s tech podcast, If Then, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., discusses why he believes the tech industry has received a pass from lawmakers, what are realistic privacy protections, how U.S. cyber capabilities lag behind other world powers, and why educating lawmakers on cybersecurity and data protection is critical to any solution. As vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Warner said the conservation around privacy and data protection has only begun in the last ... Read More

NIST launches development of a privacy framework

(Oct 17, 2018) On Tuesday, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated its process for the development of a privacy framework to a room full of privacy professionals here in Austin, Texas. The first in a series of public workshops, officials from NIST described the framework as a "voluntary enterprise risk-management tool." The framework is intended to be a collaborative effort with public and private sectors to help organizations "better identify, assess, manage, and communicate privacy... Read More

NIST launches development of 'privacy framework' in Austin

(Oct 17, 2018) On Tuesday, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated its process for the development of a privacy framework to a room full of privacy professionals here in Austin, Texas. The first in a series of public workshops, officials from NIST described the framework as a "voluntary enterprise risk-management tool." In addition to laying out its goals for the project, NIST facilitated a robust and interactive conversation among a wide swath of industry stakeholders and privacy pro... Read More

Schrader now serves as executive director at NCSA

(Oct 17, 2018) Former Visa Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer Russell Schrader left an 18-year career to launch a new chapter. Joining a startup as general counsel, Schrader navigated the arduous process of helping lift a company off the ground, found a way to streamline his operations, and expanded his responsibilities elsewhere. Now, he’s starting a new job as executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. The IAPP's Molly Hulefeld spoke with Schrader for this article in The Privacy Adviso... Read More

Alex Stamos announces initiative to curb tech industry's 'negative impacts'

(Oct 17, 2018) In his first public remarks since joining Stanford University, Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, said the tech industry needs a system of checks and balances to assist companies that are working in areas of security and democratic expression, The Washington Post reports. Stamos announced a new initiative, the Stanford Internet Observatory, to support what he calls “sometimes warring factions” of academia, tech companies and policymakers so that they may find a solution for “... Read More