Selling User Data? Make Sure You Have Consent

(Jul 1, 2015) The New York Times reported earlier this week on the wholesale transfers of consumer data in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy transactions. In this report for Privacy Tracker, IAPP Westin Research Fellow Arielle Brown, CIPP/US, looks at the report and the “all-encompassing privacy policy” in the context of Section 5 of the FTC Act. “Through its enforcement actions, the FTC has made clear that altering a privacy policy in a way that is inconsistent with promises made ... Read More

FTC Announces Data Security Education Initiative

(Jul 1, 2015) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Tuesday a new initiative aimed at educating businesses on data security best practices. The agency also announced a series of workshops to help flesh out specific data security needs for start-ups and small- to medium-sized organizations. The “Start with Security” initiative also includes new guidance for businesses. “Promoting good data security practices has long been a priority of for the FTC,” said FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessic... Read More

OPM To Shut Down Background Clearance IT System

(Jul 1, 2015) Fallout from a slew of breaches continued for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Monday with its announcement that it plans to temporarily shut down its e-QIP background security check system. The agency found the IT system contained a vulnerability during a comprehensive review of its systems. There are also conflicting reports about whether OPM-related data is being sold on the so-called Dark Web. Additionally, there are questions about potential links between highly sensitive security b... Read More

OMB Appoints Marc Groman as Senior Privacy Adviser

(Jul 1, 2015) In light of the massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced Marc Groman, CIPP/US, will act as new senior adviser on privacy. The former chief privacy officer of the Federal Trade Commission and president and CEO of the Network Advertising Initiative will be senior adviser to OMB Director Shaun Donovan and will work with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Office of E-Government and Information Technology an... Read More

Austrian Court Dismisses Facebook Suit; Schrems “Will Go to a Higher Court”

(Jul 1, 2015) Activist Max Schrems’ suit alleging that Facebook’s “terms of service and data collection policies violate EU law and their consumer rights” was dismissed by Vienna District Court, which cited lack of jurisdiction and a blurring of personal and professional use of the service, The Irish Times reports. “It is clear that the complainant is using the enormous media interest in his case against Facebook ... for the sales of his book and his career, even if it was credible that this is a social-socie... Read More

DMA: Shift in Attitude Means Brands Must Gain Trust

(Jul 1, 2015) A new report from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) found brands need to be much clearer with consumers about how and why they collect data if they are to gain consumers’ trust, Marketing Magazine reports. The report found trust was the most important factor for consumers deciding whether to share their personal information with a brand. Forty percent of respondents said trust outweighed freebies, discounts or tailored offers. While to date brands have been relying on consumers’ tacit under... Read More

FBI Willing To Pay for Top Cybercriminals

(Jul 1, 2015) The top five of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) most wanted cybercriminals are worth a combined $4.2 million as the Obama administration becomes increasingly more concerned with online security, The Washington Post reports. “The five hackers being targeted by the FBI are accused of stealing health, employment and banking data or trying to force people to pay a ransom to regain control of their devices and running fake online auctions,” the report states. Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, ... Read More

News Site Begins Encrypting for Reader Privacy

(Jul 1, 2015) The Washington Post began encrypting parts of its website Tuesday, aiming to make it more difficult for hackers, government agencies and others to track readers’ habits, the publication reported on its blog. The added security will immediately apply to the Post’s homepage, stories on its national security page and technology policy blog. The rest of the site will be encrypted over coming months, the report states. “The biggest gain is letting users feel secure,” said Post CIO Shailesh Prakash. T... Read More

Survey Finds Cybersecurity Viewed as Increasingly Important

(Jul 1, 2015) A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey indicates that 87 percent of healthcare professionals have used the last year to elevate the importance of cybersecurity, while an additional two-thirds of those surveyed have had a “significant security incident in the recent past,” MedCity News reports. “On average, the survey-takers’ organizations use 11 different technologies to try to secure their networks and data, in part because hackers, phishers and other scammers are gettin... Read More

JPMorgan Chase Exec Who Oversaw Breach Response Reassigned

(Jul 1, 2015) The executive in charge of protecting JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s computer network from hackers has been reassigned, Bloomberg reports. Greg Rattray’s reassignment follows a year on the job that included controversy over his handling of a massive data breach and the departure of several top security team members, the report states. Rattray is now head of global cyber partnerships and government strategy. His replacement is Rohan Amin, a former cybersecurity executive at Lockheed Martin Corp who j... Read More