Commentary

More Than a Third of Americans Would Undergo Iris Scans for Better Government Services

Mohana Ravindranath, Nextgov,  Thursday, February 04, 2016

Slightly more than one-third of U.S. citizens would share their iris scans with the federal government, if it meant they could get personalized services, such as quicker processing of passports and taxes, a new survey found. A new Accenture survey reveals that 67 percent of respondents would share their cellphone numbers with the federal government, but far fewer -- 35 percent -- would proffer their iris scans in exchange for individualized services.

Commission, Commerce announce new EU-US data transfer agreement

Jedidiah Bracy, The Privacy Advisor / IAPP,  Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Called the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the new agreement "will protect the fundamental rights of Europeans when their personal data is transferred to U.S. companies,” said Commissioner Věra Jourová. “For the first time ever, the United States has given the EU binding assurances that the access of public authorities for national security purposes will be subject to clear limitations, safeguards, and oversight mechanisms.”

Safe Harbor Out--Stronger US, Corporate Obligations In

Lisa Brownlee, Forbes,  Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A new European Commission-U.S. data transfers framework deal, called Privacy Shield, has been reached. This framework is intended to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor arrangement. Privacy Shield was announced and detailed in outline form today by the EC. Provisions as outlined reveal substantial new future U.S. compliance obligations, including for U.S. corporations.

How Europe is fighting to change tech companies' 'wrecking ball' ethics

Julia Powles and Carissa Véliz, The Guardian,  Monday, February 01, 2016

Facebook, Google, Amazon and other internet behemoths are involved in a form of technological innovation that is acting as a “wrecking ball”, the president of the European parliament declared in Brussels this week. “The aim is not just to play with the way society is organised, but instead to demolish the existing order and build something new in its place,” said Martin Schulz. “The internet lost its innocence long ago.”

How Europe Protects Your Online Data Differently Than the U.S.

Mark Scott and Natash Singer, New York Times,  Monday, February 01, 2016

Your digital footprint can quickly extend far and wide and be used in multiple ways. Your interactions on Facebook shape the ads you see there. The kinds of films and music you stream may allow online companies to make inferences about your political leanings or religious beliefs. And your health insurer may analyze details about your online shopping habits. How much control do you have over how companies collect and use your information? And what mechanisms are in place to protect your data against misuse?

Ubiquitous Cameras Lead to Ubiquitous Video: What’s the Storage Solution?

Margaret Steen, Emergency Management,  Monday, February 01, 2016

The use of cloud technology as a storage solution was initially not on the radar for police departments because most cloud computing platforms didn’t meet the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) requirements. But cloud solutions are improving, and a number of them are now CJIS-compliant.

The Morning Risk Report: Big Data Raises Growing Privacy Risk Concern

Stephen Dockery, Wall Street Journal,  Friday, January 29, 2016

Jay Cline, a data protection and privacy leader from PwC, said that “big data is the newest privacy risk … Privacy used to be a two-dimensional risk, but that’s all changing.” The PwC experts argued that “recognizing the importance of big data and privacy means having policies to handle the creation and capture of data from start to finish” and “it also means knowing when to stop.” “Current technologies might exceed the amount of data that’s appropriate to gather,” they said.

There is No Privacy Without Security

FIDO Alliance,  Thursday, January 28, 2016

Today is Data Privacy Day 2016 and, as a Champion organization, we want to join in the conversation on the importance of respecting user privacy online, and the ways FIDO authentication standards do just that. To this end, we have released today the ”FIDO Privacy White Paper,” which describes how privacy has been taken into account in the design of the FIDO protocols, and how they can help meet privacy requirements from certain regulatory authorities. To understand why FIDO authentication standards were designed with a user-privacy focus, it’s important to first understand how privacy relates to security in the context of accessing online services.

Judicial Redress Act 'National Security Interests' Amendment Could Affect US-EU Negotiations

Lisa Brownlee, Forbes,  Thursday, January 28, 2016

One of the fundamental disagreements in the Safe Harbor negotiations has been reported to be national security/surveillance issues. This amendment strikes directly at that fissure. The amendment, posted at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda page for today, would if enacted add language to the version of the JRA as passed unanimously by the House. The added language pertains to transfers of personal data for commercial purposes between certified foreign countries and the US, and adds requirements that the U.S. Attorney General certify that the foreign country’s “policies regarding the transfer of personal data for commercial purposes. . . do not materially impede the national security interests of the United States.”

How To Navigate The Data Location Minefield

Duncan Macrae, TechWeek Europe,  Thursday, January 28, 2016

Safe Harbor has catapulted data location, the laws, and the ethics surrounding them into the mainstream. And until governments and businesses look at these issues at a global level versus a regional level the complexity of this minefield is only going to worsen.