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(May 27, 2015) Winning approval for both binding corporate rules (BCRs) and cross-border privacy rules (CBPRs) takes significant work. But to demonstrate compliance, many of the administrative hurdles are the same. That's why, as companies increasingly turn to BCRs and CBPRs as data transfer mechanisms, an EU/APEC working group has approved a plan for increased interoperability by making it easier for companies to comply with both BCRs and CBPRs all at once. “The idea is that organizations will be able to submit the single questionnaire to both EU DPAs, whose approval is needed for organizations to be granted BCRs, and to APEC Accountability Agents, whose approval is needed to be granted CBPRs,” Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, reports in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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Sparapani Calls FTC’s Nomi Settlement “A Cautionary Tale”

(May 27, 2015) Tim Sparapani writes for Forbes about the proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent decree with Nomi Technologies, calling it “a cautionary tale for businesses everywhere wrestling with data innovation and privacy and security protection.” The FTC brought an enforcement action against the retail tracking company because it failed to provide an opt out offered in its privacy policy, even though it is “not required to offer consumers an opt out of this data collection because Nomi does not c... Read More

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Broadband Industry Baffled By FCC Guidance

(May 27, 2015) The Hill reports that some in the broadband industry are confused by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidance on privacy rules that broadband providers will be subject to starting next month. “I’m hesitating because we just found it stunningly unhelpful,” said one telecom lawyer. “And, you know, they’re sort of oblivious to the fact that for years now there’s been this ongoing debate and discussion in Washington and throughout the country on what does privacy mean, what are the core ... Read More

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In Search of the 2015 Privacy Innovation Award Winners

(May 27, 2015) The call for nominees is now open for the 2015 HP-IAPP Privacy Innovation Awards, which recognize unique global privacy and data protection programs and services in both the private and public sectors, which got us thinking about our past winners. To gear up for this year’s selection, The Privacy Advisor is profiling some of the winners. In this feature, IAPP Publications Managing Editor Jennifer Saunders, CIPP/US, caught up with Vodafone Global Privacy Manager Amanda Chandler and Global Privacy Counsel Kasey Chappelle, CIPP/US, to talk about the 2012 Innovation Award-winning project, Vodafone Privacy Programme, where it is today and Vodafone’s future plans. Read More

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IRS Tax Return Breach Affects 100,000; Breach Costs on the Rise

(May 27, 2015) Stolen personal information was used on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website to gain access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 individuals, The New York Times reports. Social Security numbers, birth dates and other personal data gathered elsewhere were then used to fill out a multistep authentication process for requesting tax returns. The IRS said more than $50 million in refunds had already gone out before the scheme was detected. “We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said... Read More

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What’s Missing in Proposed Laws? Students

(May 27, 2015) In a blog post for The Huffington Post, Larry Magid writes about the group that’s been missing from the ongoing conversations about and proposed legislation to protect student privacy: “the very group the proposed laws are designed to protect.” Magid writes that whether it’s the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or such recently proposed bills as the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015, “they are all about parental rights, but they only empower students once they turn... Read More

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Medical Center Rethinking Privacy Policies

(May 27, 2015) After a University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) nurse practitioner transferred to a new facility and took a list of URMC patients to her new employer without their consent, the center is reviewing its privacy policies, The Democrat and Chronicle reports. URMC CEO Mark Taubman acknowledges that the move was a breach of HIPAA and that reform is in order. “This is a wake-up call. This is a slap in the face saying, hey, there is a system problem here," he said. “Sometimes you just don't see these things until you get burned." The nurse practitioner requested the list citing a desire to use the data as a way to “ensure continuity of care,” the report states. Read More

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Rand Paul Defends Stand Against PATRIOT Act

(May 27, 2015) Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “does not think he is being unreasonable in his stand against government surveillance practices,” Politico reports. “I’m just asking for two amendments and a simple majority vote” on ending the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection, he said. Paul said neither Democrats nor Republicans are doing enough to protect privacy, and too much government power opens the door for “systemic bias” to enter the system. “We did it to the Japanese-Americans in World War II. We did it to civil rights protesters during the ‘60s and to Vietnam War protestors. We just started grabbing them up and started looking at behavior we didn’t like,” he said, adding such surveillance “has a chilling effect on a right to dissent.” Read More

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After Breach, Experts Question Security of Dating Sites

(May 27, 2015) Alleged breach of online dating site AdultFriendFinder.com, which The Washington Post claims led to nearly four million users’ data being leaked to an online forum, has concerned parties questioning the security of their highly personal profiles on dating sites across the board. Everything from habits, sexual orientation and contact information becomes a part of one’s profile to ensure the smartest matches, but according to experts—and in the wake of other security missteps by the likes of... Read More

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Photos, Facial-Recognition and The Grocery Store Project

(May 27, 2015) Wired reports on The Grocery Store Project, which Simon Høgsberg created using one camera to photograph 97,000 people outside a supermarket over a 21-month period. “Then he used facial recognition software to create a pedestrian survey of the people rushing past for his interactive series,” the report states, which “documents the intersecting lives of people who pass by each other almost daily, and it creates a fascinating ‘map’ showing how these lives converge.” The project “weaves together 457... Read More

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