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(Jun 30, 2015) This year’s Privacy Law Scholars Conference featured some of the leading thinking in the field, and the IAPP was proud to award $2,500 and a speaking role to the authors of the two papers voted as the best of the best. After a couple of years featuring co-written papers, this year we’ve awarded two single authors for work that, on the one hand, looks back at the history of the Social Security number and, on the other, offers a path toward a new and better form of consumer-protection regulation. Read More

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Advocate-General Issues Opinion on Jurisdiction in Weltimmo

(Jun 25, 2015) Advocate-General Pedro Cruz Villalón has given his opinion in Weltimmo to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). In Weltimmo, the CJEU is being asked to consider what jurisdiction Hungary's Data Protection Supervisor has over a website in Slovakia that took advertisements for Hungarian real estate and then allegedly misused data. Villalón's focus on fixed human and technical resources in determining establishment may be significant, Denis Kelleher writes, noting, if the CJEU follows such an approach it "might encourage web-based firms to adopt an entirely web-based model and avoid establishing local branches or agencies at all, since they might then only have to interact with a single data protection supervisor." Read More

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HUNGARY–DPA Requesting a Flyby

(Jun 25, 2015) Drones are becoming more widespread globally, and Hungary is no exception. Given the lack of specific law, the use of drones—theoretically—is possible only upon individual permit from the Hungarian Aviation Authority. As the preparation of the specific legislation is underway, the Hungarian Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued guidance for the legislature and users on the data privacy aspects of the nonmilitary use of drones. Read More

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What’s Driving State CPOs? Action From Up Top

(Jun 23, 2015) It’s a well-known fact by now that organizations large and small, public and private, are increasingly hiring privacy officers to properly manage the data they collect and maintain. But privacy pros may soon find themselves applying for a job previously unheard of to most: chief privacy officer of an entire U.S. state. To date, only four states have created such a position: Ohio, West Virginia, South Carolina and, most recently, Washington. The CPOs of those states agree that given the amount of data governments store on citizens and the sensitivity of some of that data, it makes sense for state budgets to carve out funds for someone to shepherd how that data is collected, treated and stored. Read More

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Monitoring Your Privacy Program: Emerging Themes

(Jun 23, 2015) So far in this series on how to effectively monitor your privacy program, we have had three industry leaders—one from a consulting firm, one from healthcare and one from IT—give valuable insights on what organizations should focus on when developing a comprehensive program.Halfway through the series, Deidre Rodriguez, CIPP/US, summarizes suggestions made to date. Several major themes have surfaced, regardless of industry. Read More

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She's Not a Cop, But She's Their CPO

(Jun 23, 2015) Sure no privacy pro is just like the other. Some came to the field through law degrees, some through compliance work, some because management looked up one day and realized someone had to be in charge of privacy and they were standing in plain-sight. But Liz Lyons is truly in a league of her own. She’s the privacy officer of the Washington Police Department, and she made the job up. Read More

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Proposed Bitcoin Rules Could Make or Break User Privacy

(Jun 19, 2015) Virtual currencies (VCs) are gaining the attention of regulatory bodies worldwide because they're growing in acceptance by retailers and consumers both. The Internal Revenue Service, which subjects VC transactions to income tax liability for gains in value, just like property, is one of those regulatory bodies. But it's at the state, national and supra-national levels where authorities are starting to set out rules. One of those emerging rules, and the responses its generated by VC companies and industry forums, will impact the privacy and data protection of VC users, writes Thomas Shaw, CIPP/E, CIPP/US. Read More

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Mississippi AG: Best To Notify Us Quickly of A Breach

(Jun 18, 2015) Mississippi Attorney General (AG) Jim Hood is the president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the professional association for the AGs of all 50 states, DC and the U.S. territories. Hood has selected cybersecurity and digital privacy, as well as counterfeiting and IP theft, as topics of policy focus for NAAG. Hood says while many businesses seem to think they shouldn't contact the AG's office in the case of a data breach, doing so could actually help lessen the blow should an enforcement action become inevitable. Read More

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Poems on Privacy, by John Kropf

(Jun 18, 2015) While much of the time, The Privacy Advisor focuses on the practical, operational or high-level policy aspects of privacy, sometimes it's nice to look at this profession of ours through a more artistic lens. In this first-of-its-kind feature, John Kropf, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, shares three poems he's written on privacy and technology and the impacts they have on our lives. Have you dabbled with a similar endeavor? We'd love to hear from you. Read More

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