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(May 1, 2015) Yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced he has appointed the state’s first Chief Privacy Officer, who will work in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. “With new technologies that increasingly impact consumer privacy,” said Gov. Inslee, “protection of privacy must be a core value for our state government. We want to be a leader in this field.” Sam Pfeifle has the details for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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Drones Are Here: Privacy Pros Should Help Get Them Off the Ground

(May 1, 2015) The rising use of drones is no longer a piece of science fiction. The “technology is here, today and now,” writes Future of Privacy Forum Policy Counsel Joseph Jerome, CIPP/US. In fact, Jerome recently acquired a drone of his own, giving him first-hand experience observing how individuals react to the technology. “As drones get smaller, more sophisticated and have longer flight times, the technology will become a flash point for debates about what privacy expectations individuals can expect in p... Read More

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FTC Details Privacy “Trade-Offs” in Retail Tracking

(May 1, 2015) In a new blog post, U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chief Technologist Ashkan Soltani shares a deep-dive into the emerging retail tracking landscape. “In light of the Commission’s proposed settlement with Nomi and the ongoing public debate,” Soltani writes, “I thought it would be worthwhile to describe how different retail tracking technologies work, and in my opinion, the specific trade-offs of each approach.” In addition to an overview of the landscape, Soltani provides an in-depth look at... Read More

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DHS Certifies First SAFTEY Act Cyber Product

(May 1, 2015) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified the first-ever cybersecurity products under the SAFETY Act, The Hill reports. The post-9/11 program offers certain liability protection to organizations that use approved cybersecurity products to defend their data. In its move, the DHS certified FireEye’s Multi-Vector Virtual Execution engine and Dynamic Threat Intelligence platform, meaning, companies who use these products will be protected from lawsuits and other claims they failed to prevent cyberterrorism. FireEye CEO David DeWalt said, “FireEye is proud to earn this first-ever SAFETY Act certification in the cybersecurity space, bringing a new level of liability protection for our customers.” Read More

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EMV Cards Making Way Into U.S. Market, Concerns Remain

(May 1, 2015) In the wake of massive data breaches affecting major retailers, the move to credit cards with chips using so-called EMV technology is underway, but according to The Washington Post, unlike Europe, many EMV-enabled cards in the U.S. are chip-and-signature cards instead of the more secure chip-and-PIN cards. A representative from Visa said the majority of card issuers in the U.S. are opting for the more familiar signature verification step for now “to keep the consumer experience as consistent as ... Read More

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Partners Healthcare, UC Berkeley Breached; Sony, Zurich Settle

(May 1, 2015) Boston-based Partners Healthcare System has notified approximately 3,300 individuals of a data breach, compromising protected health information, GovInfoSecurity reports. According to a notice from the organization, the breach is believed to stem from phishing emails that tricked employees into sharing confidential data. Separately, UC Berkeley has notified nearly 300 students their Social Security numbers and other personal information was accessed via a campus computer server that stored famil... Read More

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Data Protection Should Be in Everyone’s Job Description

(May 1, 2015) CRM Magazine reports this week on the lack of resources that corporations dedicate to data security, particularly in light of rising reports of data breaches. Citing Identity Theft Resource Center data, the report says there were 783 reported breaches in the United States last year, averaging roughly 15 a week. Further, according to Ponemon Institute research, companies can expect to encounter “17 malicious codes, 12 sustained probes and 10 unauthorized access incidents each month.” With that in mind, says Hagens Berman partner Thomas Loeser, a former federal prosecutor, “There’s no question that there’s much more [companies] could be doing.” Read More

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PATRIOT Act Revisions May Have Bipartisan Support

(May 1, 2015) A bill that would revise the controversial USA PATRIOT Act to curb bulk collection of U.S. citizens’ phone and Internet records overwhelmingly passed the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. A companion bill in the Senate is also gaining support over a blanket renewal proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), The New York Times reports. “The push for reform is the strongest demonstration yet of a decade-long shift from a singular focus on national security at the expense of ci... Read More

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Encryption Backdoor Legislation Looks Unlikely, For Now

(May 1, 2015) The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology held a hearing Wednesday on encryption and law enforcement access to mobile devices. Though FBI Executive Assistant Director Amy Hess and Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney Daniel Conley testified on the need for law enforcement access to combat terrorism and criminal activity, there appeared to be little support from lawmakers, BankInfoSecurity reports. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said, “It is clear to me that creating... Read More

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Deep Linking and What It Means for Privacy

(May 1, 2015) “Deep links are the required infrastructure to build the new mobile discovery platforms that are so desperately needed on mobile,” URX marketing head Mike Fyall tells ReadWrite. But what are “deep links” and what might be the privacy impact? Essentially the same as a URL, deep links allow users to travel between apps, like offering the ability to fire up a song on Spotify while you’re in your workout tracker. URX’s AppViews product, for example, crawls webpages searching for deep links so that i... Read More

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