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(Apr 30, 2015) The IAPP Asia Privacy Forum returns to Singapore next week, bringing with it even more speakers and sessions than last year’s inaugural event. And this year, the timing coincides with Privacy Awareness Week events and offerings. The 2015 Asia Privacy Forum will include new practical work sessions with active learning and peer-sharing as well as content from both local and global experts. The event will open with a general session featuring the Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission’s Aile... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

Chiang: Privacy Must Remain a Priority

(Apr 30, 2015) In a South China Morning Post blog, Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang writes about big data—how it can bring great economic and other benefits, and how it can be misused. He examines ways data can be misleading or “creepy” and incidents where re-identification of individuals through their data can occur. “While the intelligent use of big data holds great promise for enriching the quality of life and enhancing productivity, consumer privacy and data protection must remain a priority,” Chiang writes, adding, “The challenge before us is how to ensure a win-win outcome by exploiting big data’s potential while addressing its downsides.” Read More

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Regulatory Authority’s Email Publication “Privacy Nightmare”

(Apr 30, 2015) NDTV reports that about a month ago, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) “published the name and email address of all the million plus individuals who responded” to a draft consultation paper. “Trai's decision to publish the email addresses of all the individual respondents is a privacy nightmare. These are over a million verified email addresses, often with the name of the sender also present in clear text. For email marketers, this kind of database is worth a lot of money,” the report states, suggesting those whose emails were published “can expect a barrage of spam.”   Read More

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Could There Be a New Approach to BYOD?

(Apr 30, 2015) “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), while well-intentioned, can make IT managers, CIOs and, especially, employees want to pull their hair out,” writes ZixCorp Chief Technology Officer Nigel Johnson. In this post for Privacy Tech, Johnson discusses the tension between employee privacy and employer security and how a new BYOD architecture can provide a solution to both issues. “There’s a better way,” Johnson writes. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Challenge: Starting Up a Privacy Program

(Apr 30, 2015) For new chief privacy officers (CPOs) challenged with creating privacy programs, step one is, of course, developing an internal policy. But policies themselves do not create the "culture of privacy" that is essential to a successful privacy program. In part two of this quarterly series for The Privacy Advisor, TeleSign CPO Stephen Bolinger, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, who spent years at tech giant Microsoft, shares some of the strategic and tactical decisions he has made along the way as a first-time CPO at a start-up, including how to create the privacy pros you need to help you get the job done. Editor’s Note: There’s more on building a privacy program in the IAPP Resource Center. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

RSA Survey Looks at Breach Responsibility

(Apr 30, 2015) Infosecurity Magazine reports on a new Tripwire survey gleaned from last week’s RSA Conference that found 41 percent of the 250 attendees said the “CIO, CISO or CSO” would be held responsible for a breach of an organization’s critical infrastructure while 35 percent believe they “should” be held responsible. “Cybersecurity liability is difficult to assign because you have to determine who knew about the risks, and then you have to figure out what they did, or did not do about them,” said Tripwire Senior Security Analyst Ken Westin, adding, “If the CEO is made aware of security risks and does not provide the resources or plans to fix them, they own some of the responsibility.” Read More

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Facebook API Will No Longer Share Friends’ Data

(Apr 29, 2015) In a move that is pleasing many of its users, Facebook is shutting down its API that lets users share their friends’ data to third-party apps, TechCrunch reports. Facebook had already disallowed apps developed after April 20, 2014 to do so, and, starting this week, no apps will share data in such a way. A Facebook spokesperson said, “if people don’t feel comfortable using Facebook and specifically logging in Facebook and using Facebook in apps, we don’t have a platform, we don’t have developers.” Facebook came to the decision after extensive research and interviewing users, concluding users would feel better with more control over their data. The spokesperson said when users are confident, “they feel happier and use our stuff more, and that’s what we’re trying to achieve.” Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Survey: Breaches Spark CEO, Board Conversations

(Apr 29, 2015) A survey of 100 RSA Conference attendees found that 69 percent of their CEOs or boards of directors had queried their security teams regarding specific security policies in the wake of recent high-profile breaches, eSecurity Planet reports. “As more information is disclosed and media follow every detail of mega breaches, there’s an incredible amount to learn," said Netskope CEO and Cofounder Sanjay Beri. Almost two-thirds of respondents to the Netskope survey said they’ve either changed or plan to change cloud-specific security methods since the Anthem breach. “I’m encouraged knowing that recent high-profile data breaches have incited conversations between board-level decision-makers and security teams and action is being taken to prevent similar breaches,” Beri said. Read More

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Cyber Insurance Demand Up 50 Percent

(Apr 29, 2015) The Telegraph reports on Lloyd’s of London, one of the largest insurance markets in the world, which has seen rapid growth in the demand for insurance against cyber-attacks. Geoff White, underwriting manager for cyber, technology and media at a Lloyd’s syndicate, said the market has seen a 50-percent increase in insurance submissions in the first three months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. “In general terms, we’re continuing to see new customers purchasing cyber insurance and existing customers purchasing higher limits following recent high-profile attacks,” White said, noting approximately 70 percent “are first-time purchasers.” Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Selinger: Predictive Algorithms Stripping us of Privacy by Obscurity

(Apr 28, 2015) In a piece for The Christian Science Monitor, Evan Selinger discusses the newly released Crystal app, which aims to give users real-time insight into the recipients of their emails, determining the recipient’s online data trail and turning it into a detailed personality profile to help inform users how to better communicate with the recipient. That kind of predictive algorithm worries Selinger, who writes that “the little and seemingly harmless digital breadcrumbs that we’ve left here and there ... Read More

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