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(Apr 16, 2015) London calling! I write to you from sunny London at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive, where we have had a turnout counting close to 400 attendees. In addition to the conference, we also had great attendance at the training days on Monday and Tuesday, where I sat in on the CIPP/E session given by Eduardo Ustaran. Not a spare chair to be found. Thursday morning, Irish Minister for State European Affairs & Data Protection Dara Murphy spoke to our community for the first time. As a fe... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

The GDPR Is Coming: How Should You Prepare?

(Apr 16, 2015) While the final form of the General Data Protection Regulation remains somewhat a mystery, one thing's for sure: It is coming. Such was the message of the opening keynote panel at the Data Protection Intensive. And panelists spanning various sectors at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive gave privacy pros some practical tips on “How To Implement the Data Protection Regulation in Practice,” taking educated guesses on how certain portions of the regulation will come to reality. “Specifically... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

New Guidelines Announced

(Apr 16, 2015) Deutsche Welle reports that Justice Minister Heiko Maas announced new guidelines for data retention in Germany with “very strict limits,” which appear to settle a debate between Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere. However, EurActiv reports opponents believe the proposal to reintroduce data retention “is simply a scheme to ‘relabel’ existing legislation.” The proposal, submitted on Wednesday, limits the retention of Internet and telephone data to 10 weeks and location data to four week... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

From DPI: Five Questions To Ask Your Marketing Department

(Apr 16, 2015) As part of a larger presentation at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive in London this week, a particular slide caught the attention of attendees, Sam Pfeifle writes in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. The panel’s focus was on “Transparency in Marketing,” but in many ways it all seemed to boil down to a couple of basic questions: Is what your marketing department is doing transparent to the privacy team? Is what your marketing department is doing transparent to your customers? The way to answer those questions popped up on a slide late in the presentation as Eversheds’ Paula Barrett, BMW’s Yasmeen Rahman, CIPP/E, and MyPermission’s Aurélie Pols listed the five most important questions a privacy office should ask its marketing department. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Murphy: Growth Won’t Come from EU Protectionism

(Apr 16, 2015) Irish Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy used his keynote address at the Data Protection Intensive on Wednesday to emphasize and acknowledge the important role of data protection in Europe. And if anyone understands the importance of smart data management to commerce, it is Murphy, whose country is the EU home of 29 of the top 30 digital companies in the world. Murphy discussed the need for a healthy and balanced regulation, noting growth will not come from European pr... Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

IBM Publicly Shares Trove of Cyber-Threat Data

(Apr 16, 2015) IBM is stepping into the fold to help organizations combat cyberattacks after it announced it will make nearly 20 years’ worth of cyber-threat information open to public and private companies, ZDNet reports. X-Force Exchange contains 700 terabytes of raw cyber-threat data and other vulnerabilities, including malware from 270 million computers and 25 billion websites, images, spam and phishing attack emails. "We're taking the lead by opening up our own deep and global network of cyber-threat research, customers, technologies and experts," said IBM Security General Manager Brendan Hannigan. "We're aiming to accelerate the formation of the networks and relationships we need to fight hackers." Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Project Aims To Give You Control of Your Data

(Apr 16, 2015) The international research project Ubiquitous Commons is attempting to “design a legal and technological toolkit that will allow people and organizations to be able to decide how the data they generate is used,” reports Forbes. The team, led by TED, Eisenhower and Yale World fellow Salvatore Iaconesi and communication scientist Oriana Persico, has already developed a “working concept under the form of a browser plugin,” Iaconesi says, and is now “working on the possibility to implement the same type of technology in devices.” As opposed to trying to subvert the current system, the goal instead is to make consumers and organizations aware that another exists and it may be mutually beneficial, the report states. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

From DPI: Hammersley on Privacy and the Creepy-to-Cool Continuum

(Apr 15, 2015) Author Ben Hammersley, speaking to the privacy pros gathered at this week’s IAPP EU Data Protection Intensive, posited there is a cool-to-creepy continuum on which any tech advancement falls, and “I would go even further than that. I would say managing the cool-to-creepy continuum is the greatest challenge we as a society face. We’ve reached this very important point—literally right now.” In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, shares Hammersley’s concerns that as technologies such as shopping mall ads that track cell phones and smart TVs that record what their viewers are saying proliferate, the privacy and data protection implications are huge, but so are the barriers to solving them. This, of course, puts privacy professionals in positions of great import. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

U.S. Tech Companies Face Increasing Scrutiny

(Apr 15, 2015) The New York Times reports on EU regulators’ increased scrutiny of U.S.-based tech companies. From privacy and data protection to antitrust cases, that scrutiny “could potentially curb their sizable profits in the region and affect how they operate around the world,” the report states. The report spotlights several actions involving U.S. companies, including the right-to-be-forgotten cases against Google and Microsoft and the data privacy investigations pending against Facebook. "French, Italian... Read More

Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Canada Latest To Join APEC CBPR System

(Apr 15, 2015) Canada is the latest country to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules System, following the U.S. in 2012, Mexico in 2013 and Japan in 2014. Canada first submitted its bid in August. “The steady stream of new participants in the system is encouraging—both in terms of moving towards its region-wide adoption and making the case for its interoperability with other privacy regimes such as the one in the EU,” said APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group Chairman Mitsuo Matsumoto, adding, “Expanding the system will continue to be a significant point of cooperation within APEC. The lessons that the growing number of participants in the system bring to the table can help a lot towards accelerating entry for others.” Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest