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(May 15, 2015) The Belgian Commission for the Protection of Privacy released this week what it's calling a "recommendation" (as opposed to a "decision") outlining its argument that it has competence to take action against Facebook, despite Facebook's arguments that the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner should have sole competence in the EU. "Essentially, that reasoning boils down to this: All subsidiaries of Facebook, Inc., including Facebook Ireland, are simply extensions of Facebook, Inc., which is therefore the only real data controller. The incorporated entity Facebook Belgium SPRL is based on Belgian soil. Therefore, Facebook, Inc. is a data controller under the commission's purview," Sam Pfeifle writes. Read More

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Symposium Preview: Defensive Driving—How To Keep PIAs on the Road

(May 15, 2015) Most of us have had the experience. We’re driving along on a sunny day and a seemingly effortless commute ends in a fender-bender, flat tire or full-scale accident—often with little or no warning. The same is true in the privacy profession—where, without the right tools in place, a privacy issue can come up that your organization is not prepared to handle. This report highlights some of the key takeaways from Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Privacy Officer Kristan Cook's preview web conference for her upcoming session at the Canada Privacy Symposium. Read More

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Fordham Panel: Let the Market Manage Privacy?

(May 14, 2015) Have you checked out the page views for your privacy policy lately? Do they require a third digit? Right, probably not, but that doesn’t mean they don’t provide value for you, your organization and, yes, even your customers, especially if you’re a start-up or app developer. Do you think app revenue will undergo a paradigm shift from one that is predicated on advertising dollars to one driven by privacy-enhancing innovations? It won’t be policy, but the marketplace that will determine such a shi... Read More

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Straits Interactive Introduces ASEAN's First Privacy Compliance Management Platform

(May 13, 2015) Straits Interactive has introduced the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN’s) first integrated data privacy compliance management platform for local organizations, the Data Protection Management System (DPMS). DPMS is a comprehensive software-as-a-service platform that assists local and regional data protection officers (DPOs) in operationalizing their data privacy activities in a systematic and process-driven manner. Read More

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NZ's Edwards on the Role of the Modern Regulator

(May 13, 2015) Just over a year in to his appointment, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards is both confident in his role and executing his vision for the role of 21st-century privacy regulator. That much was clear from his keynote address at the Singaporean Personal Data Protection Commission’s third annual data protection seminar. Read More

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VCs: Data Privacy Affects Your Valuation, Ability To Raise Capital

(May 11, 2015) It is not in Silicon Valley’s culture, the conventional wisdom runs, to hold up the next great billion-dollar app because of a few questions about privacy concerns. Who owns that data? Do you have consent to use it that way? Won’t users wonder why you need access to their microphone? Sam Pfeifle reports that perhaps the era of "we’ll figure that out after we get the first funding round" has passed. Read More

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Roundup: As Breaches Abound, What To Do?

(May 4, 2015) A breach at the White House, plus others involving a university, hotel and health system are among the most recent to make headlines. And amidst the weekly litany of data loss reports and cybersecurity incidents, experts are weighing in with what organizations should be doing to keep their data—and their customers—safe. Read More

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