January 2009

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Second Annual World Data Privacy Day

Wednesday marked the second annual World Data Privacy Day! Industry leaders and government officials from 27 countries around Europe, Canada and the U.S. participated in events focused on ways to raise awareness about data privacy and the protection of personal information on the internet. Take a look at the site Intel provides to help coordinate […]

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The Future of Privacy Forum Consumer Privacy Agenda for the New Administration

1. Appoint a Chief Privacy Officer to Promote Fair Information Practices in the Public and Private Sectors. We embrace the idea of government catching up to industry by creating the central role of a Chief Technology Officer, as has been announced. But we also point out the need — recognized by hundreds of privacy-sensitive companies […]

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Online Privacy Decisions Confront Obama

Washington Post By Kim Hart January 13, 2009 Page D04 President-elect Barack Obama is about to face his first tests on consumer privacy, with questions about how much personal information Internet companies should be able to collect about consumers, how long they should keep that data, and whether they should use it to serve ads […]

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The Future of Privacy Forum Consumer Privacy Agenda for the New Administration

1. Appoint a Chief Privacy Officer to Promote Fair Information Practices in the Public and Private Sectors.

We embrace the idea of government catching up to industry by creating the central role of a Chief Technology Officer, as has been announced. But we also point out the need — recognized by hundreds of privacy-sensitive companies — for a senior level Chief Privacy Officer, someone to ensure that data protection is a central consideration for technology, data and policy decisions. Although many federal agencies have privacy officers, the fact that data is increasingly available across government entities demonstrates the need for a central figure to lead U.S. efforts to respect citizen data. To ensure that the data needed to combat terror will be available while appropriate oversight is in place to protect essential freedoms, the Administration should have an accountable, executive-level figure to drive an agenda based on responsible data practices.

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Data Security Breach Laws Remain the Province of the States

With 44 states and the District of Columbia having breach notification laws on the books, California — the first state in the nation to enact such a law — is proposing to amend its law (SB. 20) to require notification of breaches to the attorney general (a requirement contained in many other states’ laws), and […]