(Jul 2, 2015) The United Nation’s Human Rights Council (HRC) will tomorrow announce its appointment for a special rapporteur on the right to privacy. President of the Human Rights Council Joachim Ruecker announced yesterday that the HRC’s Consultative Group ranked first Katrin Nyman-Metcalf of Estonia, though “concerns were raised as to whether she was the best qualified candidate for this specific position.” As such, Ruecker recommends for the job the Consultative Group’s second-rank pick, Joseph Cannataci o... Read More

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Bellamy and Heyder on Moving Beyond Consent

(Jul 2, 2015) Consent is a foundational aspect of information privacy, one upon which many data protection and privacy laws around the world are based, and one which provides a modicum of control to individuals. “But is consent really the best and only way in the modern Information Age to provide meaningful control and to protect the individual?” Bojana Bellamy, CIPP/E, and Markus Heyder, both of Hunton & Williams, ask in this post for Privacy Perspectives. In it, they argue that consent is not necessarily the “best or only way to empower individuals in this day” and provide three reasons and a host of complimentary tools organizations can use to broaden individual control and organizational accountability. Read More

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Privacy Pro Awarded Japan’s “Best Consumer Supporter”

(Jul 2, 2015) The Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) has awarded Christopher Kuner its "Best Consumer Supporter" award. At a ceremony June 26, Kuner was awarded a medal for "services to Japanese consumers," according to the CAA's Takeshi Okano. Kuner, an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, said he had been meeting with various ministries in Tokyo last year to answer questions on EU data protection law as Japan is in the midst of reforming its privacy law and is looking at the EU for guidance. The CAA said Kuner has "made substantial contributions to the advancement of the knowledge of Japanese consumers on European personal data protection." Read More

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FBI Warns Companies To Watch for OPM-Style Hack

(Jul 2, 2015) For the second time in the last month, the FBI has warned a number of U.S. companies to be on the lookout for a malicious computer program that has been linked to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack, The Daily Beast reports. The FBI alert contained technical details of the malware, called Sakula, which has also been tied to Anthem hack earlier this year. Meanwhile, NationalJournal reports privacy lawyers say the American Federation of Government Employees class-action lawsuit against t... Read More

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Survey: Industry Needs To Build Consumer Trust

(Jul 2, 2015) Findings from Altimeter’s Consumer Perceptions of Privacy in the Internet of Things (IoT) study indicate that “successful brands will do better at communication, education and consumer engagement” on privacy and data security information, the Future of Privacy Forum reports. The study indicates “40 percent of consumers still have little understanding” regarding cookies, while “87 percent of surveyed consumers had never even heard” of the IoT. However, fear that personal data is being sold tops t... Read More

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CISO: We Must Change Liability Law

(Jul 2, 2015) Attitudes toward privacy need more precision, In-Q-Tel CISO Dan Geer writes for The Christian Science Monitor, citing a Supreme Court ruling that a thermal imaging device used to detect marijuana in a suspect’s home did not require a warrant because it wasn’t “in general public use.” Geer writes that there is no need for “rules against things that are impossible,” suggesting, “If your personal ‘expectation of privacy’ is based on the impossibility of observability or even the impossibility of id... Read More

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Ello: Users’ Bill of Rights Should Apply to All Social Media

(Jul 2, 2015) Social networking side Ello has released a “Bill of Rights” with 10 articles to “serve as guiding principles for Ello” that the company believes “should extend to other companies,” International Business Times reports. “These rights would give users the ability to turn off data tracking … allow users to retain full control and ownership of posted content … the option to use a pseudonym and limit what personal information is required … and access to terms and conditions written in simple language,” the report states. "We believe these are the basic rights of every social media user in the world, on every social network," Ello CEO Paul Budnitz said. Read More

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BBC Anti-RTBF Actions Criticized

(Jul 2, 2015) The BBC’s displeasure with the right to be forgotten and its subsequent republishing of 182 of its Google-delisted links “needs to be viewed with considerable caution,” The Guardian opined, indicating that Google had already found the links to be conduits to “personal information that is inaccurate, irrelevant or out of date and holds no public interest,” and that the site “misleadingly” promoted the links. “It was a deliberate journalistic choice that causes public shame and has not meaningfull... Read More

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Harvard University, Trump Hotels Breached

(Jul 2, 2015) Harvard University has announced its data systems have been breached, The Boston Globe reports. Though officials have said no personal data or PIN numbers were exposed, login credentials to access individual computers and university email accounts may have been, the report states. Separately, the credit card systems of several luxury hotels owned by presidential candidate Donald Trump have been breached, KrebsOnSecurity reports. A spokesman said “we have been alerted to potential suspicious cred... Read More

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New Snowden Docs Revealed; Cameron Vows To Battle Encryption

(Jul 2, 2015) The Intercept has released a new trove of documents accessed via the Edward Snowden leaks, providing a detailed look into the capabilities of the U.S. National Security Agency program known as XKEYSCORE. First reported in 2013, the program is one of the agency’s “most powerful tools of mass surveillance” and “makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address,” the report states, adding the program “provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse.” Meanwhile, UK Prime ... Read More

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