Showing Posts In "Data Protection and Privacy" Category

International Biometrics Privacy Charter

The Biometrics Institute launched its Biometrics Privacy Charter on November 30, 2011, during its 7th Biometrics Institute Technology Showcase and Exhibition in Canberra, Australia. The Charter is now available to all members. “This Biometrics Privacy Charter has been designed by the Biometrics Institute to provide a universal guide for suppliers, end users, managers and purchasers […]

Rockefeller Seeks Detailed Information from Data Brokers

The chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee has sent letters to Reed-Elsevier (Lexis-Nexis), Spokeo, Experian and a half dozen other data brokers seeking detailed info on how they compile and sell consumer information. “Collecting, storing and selling information about Americans raises all types of questions that require careful scrutiny,” said Rockefeller. “While these practices […]

Maintaining Employee Privacy Across Jurisdictions

Companies need to be aware of their obligations under the profusion of data protection laws and regulations that govern the collection, use and transfer of their employees’ personal information. This is especially crucial for companies that have operations subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions, as requirements vary widely from country to country and even […]

Expected FTC Chair Ramirez Could Push for Global Privacy Rules

Federal Trade Commissioner Edith Ramirez, recently designated by the Obama administration as the next chair of the Federal Trade Commission, is expected to champion globalized approaches to consumer privacy protection and to clamp down on fraudulent marketing aimed at Spanish-speaking communities. The fact that the Obama administration chose a woman comes as no surprise, considering […]

Social Security Death List Enables Dead Children’s ID Theft

A little-known but widely used federal database meant to protect Americans from fraud has itself become a major source of fraudulent tax refunds. Thieves simply take the Social Security number and other personal information of a deceased person, or most often recently deceased children, which can be found in the widely public and freely accessible, […]

New Attention is Given to Privacy Trade Issues

Privacy and trade will be considered as linked issues during the looming EU-U.S. trade negotiations, reports Hogan Lovells privacy leader Chris Wolf in one of the inaugural blog posts on the first-ever blog of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Privacy Perspectives, which just launched. An investigation has begun at the United States International Trade […]

Akaka Introduces Bill to Update Privacy Act

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) has introduced a bill to amend the Privacy Act of 1974 in response to expansions in technology, increased security needs, and growth of the data “market.” The Privacy Act Modernization for the Information Age of 2011 would create a federal chief privacy officer and a government-wide Chief Privacy Officers Council to […]

Guarding Privacy in the Digital Age: Maine Lawmakers Take up the Challenge

As more and more of our personal information is shared, it is also at risk. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and a group of bipartisan legislators have unveiled a new package of laws aimed at better protecting Mainers’ privacy. Maine legislator Diane Russell’s bill – The Maine Online Privacy Protection Act – would […]

The U.S. Safe Harbor – Fact or Fiction? (2008)

The U.S. Safe Harbor is an agreement between the European Commission and the United States Department of Commerce that enables organizations to join a Safe Harbor List to demonstrate their compliance with the European Union Data Protection Directive. This allows the transfer of personal data to the U.S. in circumstances where the transfer would otherwise […]

Kick-Starting a Privacy Program

It is not enough for a business to create a privacy policy and place it on its website; a business must define policies and practices, verify that their employees are following the practices and complying with policies, and confirm that third-party service providers are adequately protecting any shared information as well. As customer demands and […]

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