(May 29, 2015) As concerns about the future of Safe Harbor and the economic relationship between the EU and U.S. continue, European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip spoke of international cooperation and a “longstanding history of trust” between the two regions. On Thursday, in his first official visit to the U.S. as the Commission’s vice president, Ansip took part in a discussion at the Brookings Institution on the Digital Single Market, the future of the Safe Harbor agreement and issues raised by the burgeoning sharing economy with the Brookings Institution’s Cameron Kerry. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, reports on Ansip’s message of optimism, which calls for more trust and cooperation between both regions. Read More

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NIST Releases Draft of Risk Management Framework

(May 29, 2015) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft of its Privacy Risk Management Framework and is now inviting the public to comment on it. The draft report, NISTIR 8062, Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems, “provides the basis for establishing a common vocabulary to facilitate better understanding of—and communication about—privacy risks and the effective implementation of privacy principles in federal information systems,” NIST states on its web... Read More

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At Symposium: Therrien on Priorities, the Economics of PI

(May 29, 2015) In his keynote address to the almost 500 attendees at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien outlined his priorities for the next year, which include work on government surveillance, biometrics and the “economics of personal information.” Acknowledging the somewhat rocky start he faced during his early days on the job, Therrien said he hopes in the end to be judged by his actions. “I had my fair share of critics before I even uttered a word,” he said. However, he added, “I saw firsthand that there was a real interest and care in who was to fulfill the role.” Therrien’s plan for the year was informed by focus groups his office held across the country. Read More

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FCC’s Wheeler Circulating Proposed TCPA Decision

(May 29, 2015) Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced a proposal to address the 20-plus “pending petitions seeking clarity regarding the scope requirements under the U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA),” Hogan Lovells’ Chronicle of Data Protection reports. Under Wheeler’s proposal, the FCC would issue rulings including allowing consumers to “revoke their consent to receive automated ‘robocalls’ and texts in any reasonable way at any time” and prohibiting callers “f... Read More

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Uber Updates Its Privacy Policy

(May 29, 2015) After much scrutiny about its privacy practices, Uber Technologies has released a new and updated privacy policy, Bloomberg Business reports. The policy is clearer about what Uber does with riders’ personal data, including tracking locations, reading text messages between riders and drivers and storing user address books. Hogan Lovells’ Harriet Pearson, CIPP/US, who led a privacy review of the company, said such data “actually wasn’t an issue. They had already addressed that at the time of our r... Read More

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Google Improves Privacy in New Android Services

(May 29, 2015) During an event Thursday, Google unveiled a slew of new products and services, some of which aim to bolster security and privacy for users. Bloomberg Business reports users will receive more fingerprint-related features as well as more controls over what data is accessed on their devices. Google will also offer more personalized services through Google Now, is taking a leap into virtual reality and has unveiled Project Brillo, which aims to make it easier for developers to build applications for... Read More

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UN Report: Encryption Is a Human Right; Microsoft Mulls UK Law

(May 29, 2015) A new report from the United Nations (UN) states that encrypted communications are needed to protect freedom of opinion and expression and that encryption is a human right, The Intercept reports. UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye said encryption creates a “zone of privacy to protect opinion and belief.” He added, “The ability to search the web, develop ideas and communicate securely may be the only way in which many can explore basic aspects of identity, such as one’s gender, religion, ethnicity,... Read More

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FBI Examining IRS Attack; Music Service Breached; Insurer Wants Money Back

(May 29, 2015) The Hill reports the FBI will investigate the data breach at the Internal Revenue Service and is working “to determine the nature and scope of this matter,” while Dark Reading reports early information about the breach “is offering security food for thought to both public- and private-sector organizations. According to security pundits, the breach offers ample evidence of authentication weaknesses prevalent today and also shows how interconnected unrelated data breaches can really be.” Meanwhile... Read More

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Rethinking the One-Stop-Shop Strategy

(May 29, 2015) In a blog post for Hogan Lovells’ Chronicle of Data Protection, Partner Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, examines the much-discussed one-stop-shop proposal. Recent news that the Belgian Privacy Commission claims competence to take action against Facebook is the “boldest claim” by an EU data protection authority since last year’s Google Spain decision, Ustaran points out, and what “will in fact become a crucial aspect—both strategically and practically—of data protection compliance is the que... Read More

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As States Regulate, Companies Must Look Across Borders

(May 29, 2015) This month, Connecticut became the 21st state to enact a social media privacy law, The Wall Street Journal reports. Without one federal privacy law, companies with employees across multiple states are required to stay abreast of which states require what. “There’s model legislation that to some extent has been followed, so most of these laws are similar, but they are not alike,” said attorney Howard Mavity. Most important for companies, Mavity said, is to know under which circumstances they are allowed to access employees’ social media accounts. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Read More

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