July 27, 2021
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A new book from ISACA, "Privacy by Design and Default: A Primer," provides a complete overview without losing the reader with extensive detail. In this review, Guy Pearce notes that the concept is about 25 years old and the book catches readers up quickly.
Full Story: ISACA (7/26) 
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Privacy in the News
Almost two-thirds of businesses surveyed report they are not "completely compliant" with all regulations, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act and Europe's extensive laws, Pathwire reports. It costs money to comply, but "[n]on-compliant organizations face high penalties from data privacy regulators, regardless of where they're based," says Maylis de Bazelaire of Pathwire.
Full Story: MediaPost Communications (free registration) (7/21) 
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The overall weakness of US privacy laws hurts its standing in the world, argues Justin Sherman. The way sensitive data from citizens is handled hurts "the competitiveness of American technology firms, as many countries advance data regulations driven, in part, by Silicon Valley's unrestrained data practices," Sherman writes.
Full Story: Wired (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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De-identifying medical data is an imperfect method of maintaining patients' privacy, says Nigam Shah, a professor of medicine at Stanford University. Shah argues that de-identified data can be reconnected to individuals through other datasets and "[t]here's a mismatch between what we think happens to our health data and what actually happens to it."
Full Story: Stanford University (7/19) 
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After an extensive investigation, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner determined that Uber failed to properly protect the personal information of 1.2 million riders and drivers, leaving it vulnerable to a cyberattack in 2016. The company will be required to revamp its practices, overseen by an outside expert.
Full Story: ComputerWeekly (UK) (7/26) 
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Best Practices
Five contributors to an article from law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel analyzed a new New York City ordinance that restricts how businesses use biometric information. For starters, such businesses must post clear signage indicating they collect such information from customers.
Full Story: JD Supra (7/20) 
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Policy, Trends and Research
Technology experts and human rights groups oppose a plan in India to set up regional and national databases that would collect DNA from accused criminals, victims and persons reported missing. "There are privacy concerns because DNA discloses information about one's relatives and ancestors, as well," says Shambhavi Naik, a research fellow at the Takshashila Institution.
Full Story: Al Jazeera/Reuters (7/26) 
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Throw away the light, the definitions, and say what you see in the dark.
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