At the IAPP Asia Privacy Forum in Singapore, Google Legal Privacy Lead Keith Enright gave a closing keynote address that spoke to the opportunity facing Asia as it develops its privacy regulations. How can the region fuel tech innovation? By embracing privacy and using it as the underpinning for rapid technological development to bring new tools and services to the world at large. It is incumbent on Asian regulators, he argued, to work in concert with industry and consumers to finely tune the privacy dials so that companies can delight consumers with new and exciting products and consumers can feel confident in using them.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered for 11 hours in a show against the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act, completing his efforts on May 20. "I will not let the PATRIOT Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged," Rand said, calling for the president to end the law via executive order. For a playlist of the entire filibuster, click here.
At the 2014 IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels, journalist Jennifer Baker interviewed Max Schrems, the man behind the class-action lawsuit against Facebook in the EU and the case that may finally undo Safe Harbor in front of the European Court of Justice, on the keynote stage.
Irish Minister of State for Data Protection Dara Murphy addressed the IAPP's Data Protection Intensive in London, focusing on Ireland's role as the lead data protection authority to many of the world's largest digital companies and arguing against protectionism in the EU's data protection and digital policies. Will Ireland be able to staff an office capable of regulating the behemoths of the Internet Age? Murphy said it's his job to find a way.
This week, HBO's comedy-news program Last Week Tonight, hosted by John Oliver, tackled the topic of government surveillance, interviewing Edward Snowden from his location in Russia. This video is the entire 30-minute program. The Snowden interview starts around the 16-minute mark. And, fair warning: Oliver likes to swear a lot and use other language that might not be appropriate for the work environment (depending on where you work).
Harvard Berkman Fellow and Resilient Systems CTO Bruce Schneier believes we now live in a mass surveillance society of our own making, as we've traded the data that allows us to be constantly tracked in exchange for convenience and services. But, he argues, we don't have to. In his new book, Data and Goliath, he offers suggestions for reforming surveillance-based business models and the systems of government surveillance, and offers consumers ways to step outside surveillance culture.
In this video of a recent discussion at the Berkman Center, Schneier explores these themes with Berkman co-founder Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman co-director Yochai Benkler, former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government Joe Nye, Berkman Fellow Sara Watson and cyber security advisor Melissa Hathaway.
Videre founder Oren Yakobovich is a former Israeli soldier who decided, upon service, that he was more interested in "breaking the traditional power structures between citizens and government" by empowering oppressed people through the use of video documentation. By quite literally watching the watchers, civil rights abuses have been documented and change has been enacted. He used his keynote address at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit to talk about his efforts and explore the ways in which surveillance can be a force for good.
At the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, in Washington, DC, keynoter Sarah Lewis, author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, makes the case to collected privacy professionals that a private space is vital to innovation and creativity, and that it is only when people have a safe place to fail that they are eventually able to truly succeed.
At the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, Google General Counsel Kent Walker used his keynote address to talk about the fine line Google must walk between delivering new and innovative products and services and protecting the privacy of their users. From the Right to be Forgotten in the EU to new products like Google Glass and Google Now to government requests for user data, Google is constantly making difficult decisions about user data.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden revelations about U.S. government access to citizen data, addressed the 2015 IAPP Global Privacy Summit. He spoke to the responsibility held by privacy officers in the Digital Age, his experiences with Snowden himself and why government access to data (their goal, he notes, is to "collect it all") is an issue of democracy above all else.