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(Jun 30, 2015) In the last post of this series on effective and efficient vendor management for The Privacy Advisor, K Royal, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, closes with an overview to help you do due diligence holistically. The checklist includes everything from risk assessment prior to hiring a third-party vendor to terminating a contract with one. “Take a look through this recap and mark where you're doing well and where you could use some improvements,” Royal writes. Miss any of the earlier chapters in this series? Find them here in the IAPP Resource Center. Read More

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IAPP Announces PLSC Winners

(Jun 30, 2015) Yet again, this year’s Privacy Law Scholars Conference featured some of the leading thinking in the field, and yet again the IAPP was proud to award $2,500 and a speaking role to those two papers voted as the best of the best. After a couple of years featuring co-written papers, this year we’ve awarded two single authors for work that on the one hand looks back at the history of the Social Security number and on the other offers a path toward a new and better form of consumer-protection regulati... Read More

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Union Files Class-Action Against OPM; Second Breach Expected To Be Announced

(Jun 30, 2015) The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the country’s largest federal workers’ union, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the wake of its massive data breach, The Hill reports. The AFGE sued the OPM Monday and specifically asked for a jury trial against OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour. NationalJournal reports the OPM and the Department of Homeland Security held a conference call with sev... Read More

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Should Sony Have Seen It Coming?

(Jun 30, 2015) In an extensive three-part series, Fortune investigates the Sony hack, including “why Sony should have seen it coming.” Part one of the series is based on more than 50 interviews with current and former high-level executives at Sony as well as emails and documents stolen and exposed by the hackers. “What happened at Sony stands as a landmark event,” the report states. “It struck terror in boardrooms throughout corporate America, and for all the unique elements in Sony’s situation, the lessons apply to every company … This one hit home because it showed how attackers could steal even executives’ most precious secrets—and bring a company to its knees.” Read More

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“Snooper’s Charter” To Move Forward

(Jun 30, 2015) British Prime Minister David Cameron will officially move forward with anti-terror surveillance legislation, once dubbed the “Snooper’s Charter,” Politico reports. “The question we must ask ourselves is whether … we are content to leave a safe space … for terrorists to communicate with each other,” Cameron said. "My answer is no, we should not be,” he continued. Tech company In.die has pledged to take its business elsewhere. “We're not going to stay in a country where we might be forced to backdoor our products—and possibly not even be allowed to tell anyone about it," the company said in a statement. Read More

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Uniting Privacy and Customization

(Jun 30, 2015) “Computer scientists and legal experts from Trinity College Dublin and SFI's ADAPT centre are working to marry two of cyberspace's greatest desires” via “Privacy Paradigm,” an online privacy system that aims to both customize and protect data on popular sites and apps “so that users signing up would know exactly how private, or otherwise, their personal information would be,” Phys.org reports. “It's a grand target we're setting ourselves and the research is ongoing,” said Trinity Prof. Owen Conlan, “but the big-picture vision is to make the way online services use our personal—and often privacy-sensitive—information as transparent and easy to understand and manipulate as possible for ordinary users.” Read More

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Entrepreneurs, MIT Reveal “Un-Decryptable” Prototype

(Jun 30, 2015) Two Bitcoin entrepreneurs and the MIT Media Lab have revealed a prototype for a system called Enigma, which allows data to be encrypted in a way that it “can be shared with a third party and used in computations without it ever being decrypted,” Wired reports. Enigma would allow untrusted computers to “accurately run computations on sensitive data without putting the data at risk of hacker breaches or surveillance,” the report states. “The actual data is never revealed, neither to the outside nor to the computers running the computations inside,” said MIT Media Lab’s Guy Zyskind, one of Enigma’s co-creators. Read More

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Study Finds VPNs Exposing Personal Data

(Jun 30, 2015) V3 reports that 11 out of 14 virtual private network (VPN) providers are exposing personal information through a vulnerability linked to IPv6, according to a study by the UK’s Queen Mary University in London. Since the Snowden revelations, VPN providers have seen an increase in users, the report states, with those users often seeking to avoid mass surveillance or to circumvent censorship. "There are a variety of reasons why someone might want to hide their identity online, and it's worrying that they might be vulnerable despite using a service that is specifically designed to protect them," said Gareth Tyson, co-author of the study. Read More

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Pinterest Updating Privacy Policy To Match Changes

(Jun 30, 2015) Pinterest is revising its privacy policy to coincide with its move to include “buyable pins” and personalized “Promoted Pins” based on users’ activity, eCommerce Bytes reports. The site has indicated it plans to store credit card information, explaining, "We'll save this info so you don't have to type it in next time you make a purchase. We'll also share this info with the seller, and they'll treat it as if you bought from their website directly.” Pinterest said of its Promoted Pins that it hopes they will be “more relevant and useful to Pinners” and that it would include an opt-out function should users decide they are not interested in promoted material. Read More

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Fitness Tracker Data Contradicts Assault Claims

(Jun 30, 2015) Fusion reports on the ways fitness trackers may work in unintended ways. In March, a Florida woman traveled to Lancaster, PA, and stayed at her boss’s home. Police were called to the home and found overturned furniture, a knife and a bottle of vodka. The woman claimed she’d been sleeping and had been sexually assaulted by a man in his 30s who was wearing boots. But she was wearing her Fitbit at the time, and when police found it in a hallway and downloaded its activity, it became a witness against her. The device indicated the woman was awake and walking around at the time she claimed she was sleeping. Read More

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