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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 […]

Imation Map of State Data Breach Notification Laws Spotlights Need for Storing and Protecting Sensitive Information

Imation Corp, a global scalable storage and data security company, released results of research into state data breach notification laws and associated penalties. The analysis shows that current state data breach notification laws are strikingly similar, but vary in compliance requirements for businesses, with all laws highlighting the need for companies to deploy methods for […]

More Than Half of In-house Counsel Say Data Security is Their Top Legal Concern

A recent Ponemon Institute study found the average annual cost of cybercrime was $8.9 million per year per company. The companies in the study experienced on average 1.8 successful cyber-attacks per week. The frequency of such incidents has made data security the top legal concern of 55% of in-house counsel, according to the 2012 Law […]

U.S. Data Privacy Plan Not Deregulation, Says White House

With both the EU and U.S. in the early stages of reviewing their online data privacy regimes, the White House has defended its blueprint against claims that it is too soft on the digital industry. Daniel Weitzner, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief technology officer for internet policy, said that the ‘multi-stakeholder’ process the White House […]

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