In what some are calling a landmark decision, the UK Court of Appeals has ruled that a group of claimants have the right to sue Google for bypassing the privacy settings on the Safari browser to install cookies to track clicks online, BBC News reports. Google said it is “disappointed with the court’s decision,” while one of the claimants described it as a “David and Goliath victory.” In its judgement, the UK court said, “These claims raise serious issues which merit a trial.” According to the re... Read more
In chapter seven of this ongoing series for The Privacy Advisor on the elements of a successful vendor-management program, K Royal, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, discusses the stage in the third-party vendor process in which the chosen vendor has been contracted and the spend has been made. That's not where diligence ends, however. Now it's time to make some management decisions, like the timing and frequency, scope and level of monitoring and who'll be responsible for that. In this report, Royal includes ad... Read more
The Washington Post reports federal officials are discussing ways to end a law that prohibits the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from regulating “common carriers.” Under the new net neutrality order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunications companies would be considered utilities, or common carriers. By removing the exemption, both agencies would have more power to regulate the industry. On Wednesday, FTC Commissioner Terrell McSween... Read more
The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) National Program Office has announced a new funding opportunity with a focus on privacy enhancing technologies. “NSTIC is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to pilot privacy-enhancing technologies that embrace and advance the NSTIC vision and contribute to the maturity of the Identity Ecosystem the NSTIC envisions: Promote secure, privacy-enhancing and user-friendly ways to give individuals and organizations conveni... Read more
PCWorld reports that the Human Rights Council of the United Nations has resolved to appoint an independent investigator—or “special rapporteur”—to monitor privacy in the Digital Age. The council said that while online, people must have the same rights they do offline. The move, strongly backed by the governments of Brazil and Germany, is thought to be more of a symbolic appointment because the investigator will serve as an advisor. “Our hope is that the Human Rights Council resolutio... Read more
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