Amidst the tragedy still unfolding in the earthquake-stricken nation of Nepal, a member of the privacy profession lost his life while climbing Mount Everest. Google engineer and self-described adventurer Dan Fredinburg was among at least 17 climbers killed when an avalanche set off by Saturday’s massive earthquake struck their base camp. Fredinburg had previously described his job at Google in part as driving “the creation of data protection and lifecycle management systems to defend the liberti... Read more
This week’s Privacy Tracker weekly roundup includes updates on U.S. cybersecurity bills, including two complementary bills passed in the House late last week. Also in the U.S., the Illinois House passed a license-plate reader data protection bill, and the Illinois Senate passed a breach notification bill; Florida’s Senate passed a drone privacy bill, and New York is considering a data security bill. In the EU, a proposed antiterrorism bill in France is getting criticism for its impact on privacy... Read more
Maryland Law Prof. Frank Pasquale reacts to leaked documents from the office of EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger in which the regulator called for “a central EU-wide body with the power to monitor platforms’ use of data, and to resolve disputes between the operators and the businesses they serve.” In a column for The Guardian, Pasquale writes, “This is far-sighted, important planning,” adding, “The new economy demands a new regulatory body, with the ability to continually monitor the la... Read more
A column for The Huffington Post reports on a recent project at Harvard Business School that looked into consumer privacy perspectives of in-store personalization through technology such as iBeacons. A survey of approximately 200 consumers found differences in consumers’ online and offline privacy preferences. Unlike online interactions, “traditional trust-building mechanisms were not sufficient to mitigate respondents’ concerns in sharing their personally identifiable information,” the project’... Read more
Technical.ly Brooklyn reports on a new app called TwoSense that tracks—with permission—all the personal data on a user’s phone, from where users spend their time to the routes they take and more. But it guards the data rather than sharing it with third parties and allows the user to make decisions on to whom the data is sold. Developer Dawud Gordon says users could make between $50 and $100 a month off of their own data. “Bringing users into the personal data economy is an idea that’... Read more
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