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(May 26, 2015) Winning approval for both binding corporate rules (BCRs) and cross-border privacy rules (CBPRs) takes significant work to achieve. 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. Read More

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Privacy Innovation Awards—Where Are They Now? Part One: Vodafone

(May 26, 2015) The call for nominees is now open for the 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. The Privacy Advisor will be profiling some of our past winners, starting with the 2012 Innovation Award-Winning Project, Vodafone Privacy Programme. Read More

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Australian Privacy Management Framework Launched

(May 26, 2015) On May 4, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner released its previously announced Privacy Management Framework. The framework is intended to assist private and public sector organisations in meeting their Australian privacy compliance obligations. It follows previously released accountability/ privacy governance guides issued by the respective Canadian, Hong Kong and French privacy regulators. Read More

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Study: Criminals Find Gold Mine in Easy-To-Access Healthcare Data

(May 26, 2015) A recent Ponemon study found criminal attacks are up 125 percent in the last five years and are the new leading cause of healthcare data breaches. This represents a major shift of data breach causes from accidental to intentional as criminals increasingly target and exploit healthcare data—particularly medical files and billing and insurance records. Rick Kam, CIPP/US, and Larry Ponemon, CIPP/US, discuss what should be done. Read More

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How To Stay Out of the FCC's Way

(May 26, 2015) The U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) Enforcement Bureau has said it sees "privacy in the broadband space as a trend in enforcement in the near future." Learning from privacy missteps in the telecom space will help ISPs avoid becoming part of that trend. Exactly how the FCC will use its new privacy authority is uncertain, but one thing is for sure: This "new cop" is not likely to hold back, report Stephen Ruckman and Pavitra Bacon. Read More

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Safe Harbor Under Fire: You May Want To Change Your Transfer Mechanism

(May 26, 2015) On March 24, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) examined a key question concerning the future of transborder data flows. The outcome of this case could have wide-ranging ramifications for anyone who transfers data from the EU to the U.S. through the Safe Harbor agreement. Ultimately the ECJ can rule in one of three ways, and two of those point to the "potential invalidation of the Safe Harbor agreement," Jan Dhont and Alyssa Cervantes report. Read More

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