Oct
29
2014

Women In Security & Privacy Event Packs TRUSTe Office

On Oct. 28, a large group of privacy and security professionals — from lawyers to engineers to program managers — gathered for the “Women in Security & Privacy Networking Kickoff” event at the TRUSTe offices in San Francisco.

The event was organized by representatives from six companies: Kenesa Ahmad of Promontory, Elena Elkina of McKesson, Debra J. Farber of TRUSTe, Alya Gennaro of Sunera, Julia Hoffmann of Yapstone, Fatima Khan of Airpush and Katrin Anna Ruecker of Sunera. The event’s sponsors were Promontory, Sunera and TRUSTe.

Organizers of the Women In Security and Privacy event on Oct. 28. From left to right: Debra Farber (TRUSTe), Alya Genarro (Sunera), Kenesa Ahmad (Promontory), Elena Elkina (McKesson), Fatima Khan (Airpush), Katrin Anna Ruecker (Sunera). (Not picture is Julia Hoffmann who was traveling at the time).

The purpose of the event was to share stories, exchange ideas, drive innovation and empower other women working in security and privacy. This was the first event by the Women in Security & Privacy group.

Sr. Privacy Consultant and Product Manager at TRUSTe Debra Farber said, “We wanted to organize this event to connect people in security and privacy so we can come together with our peers.

“One of our goals is to advance leadership opportunities for women in our industry,” she added.

Guests mingled, enjoyed h’ordeuvres and beverages for about 30 minutes before the organizers delivered a short speech thanking attendees and encouraging more meet-ups such as these in the future so women in security and privacy can connect. Then, the crowd split into break-out sessions to do ice-breakers and discuss privacy and security issues. The night ending with more mingling and sharing stories.

“Women need support, especially in privacy and security fields,” said McKesson Sr. Manager, Privacy Office Elena Elkina, who was also an organizer of the evening’s event. “The goal for this group is to provide women a venue to get inspired, connect and grow professionally.”

For more information on the Women in Security & Privacy group, and to hear about future events, join the group’s LinkedIn page.

Oct
27
2014

73% Open to Wearables at Work but Potential Privacy Issues Could Be a Concern

If you use wearables at home, it might be evident how these little tracking devices could be beneficial in the workplace. However, the potential for companies to collect this information without employee knowledge or consent raises the issue of transparency with regards to data collection.

Whether monitoring our daily steps, using intelligent I.D. badges to access buildings and rooms, or wearing smart glasses to check email on-the-go (and much, much more!), a majority of workers (73%) are open to the idea of bringing wearables into the workplace, according to a study released on Monday, October 27, from Kronos Incorporated conducted by Harris titled, “Wearables at Work.”

Nearly 10,000 workers from Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Great Britain and the U.S. were surveyed about their thoughts on wearables at work. The majority agreed that these devices could increase efficiency, productivity and safety.

Although privacy was cited as a top concern of U.S. workers interviewed for the survey, less than half (44%) said they believe privacy could be an issue with wearables.

According to a TRUSTe survey from this year, 22% of survey respondents “felt that the benefits of smart devices outweigh any privacy concerns.” However, the vast majority of people surveyed want to know what data is collected and how that data is collected.

Sure, wearables could offer great value to an organization, increase efficiency, and streamline operations if used properly. However, these devices could provide employers with never-before-available information about employees – from their health, to their daily tasks and places they access within the building.

Would you use a wearable device for your job?

Oct
24
2014

Women in Privacy Leadership Roles: Interview with Joanne McNabb

Guest Post: Alexandra Ross, The Privacy Guru interviews Joanne McNabb, Director of Privacy Education and Policy, California Attorney General
Privacy is high-profile right now. From major retail and financial sector breaches to revelations over mobile device tracking and intrusive surveillance technologies, the question of whether or not we’ll submit to living in a “post-privacy” society is squarely at the center of tech start-ups, legislation, and personal rights.

What few realize, though, is how many women are leading the way when it comes to protecting and promoting privacy rights. From Ireland’s data regulator Helen Dixon to newly appointed White House CTO Megan Smith, women hold high offices when it comes to championing privacy.

Add to this list California Attorney General Kamala Harris and her director of Privacy Education and Policy, Joanne McNabb. Joanne will be participating in a panel at Always On: The Digital Consumer, co-hosted by TRUSTe and The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) on October 30th in San Francisco. This event will explore how we can realize the full potential of the Internet of Things while maintaining our privacy and control of personal data.

Joanne was kind enough to answer some questions via email for TRUSTe.

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Oct
17
2014

The Power of the Privacy Impact Assessment

As technology has evolved, companies have realized that the data collection practices they deploy can often make the difference between success and failure. Depending on how this information is leveraged, the use of big data can push a company ahead of the competition through new data-driven strategies, uncovering numerous benefits. But the use of data also brings privacy questions and the challenge of complying with multiple regulations and business requirements.

Privacy professionals are struggling to reap to benefits of data while also keeping pace with the fluid regulatory landscape to protect their brand and reduce risk. Today, many global privacy laws require businesses to perform Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) to identify, assess and alleviate privacy risks associated with new products and business initiatives. PIAs can be extremely beneficial to an organization, yet many professionals don’t know where to start.  When do you conduct a PIA? How do you determine the scope or identify the best tools to streamline the process?

On October 21st at 9am PT/12pm ET, join TRUSTe’s Ray Everett, Tony Berman and Return Path’s Dennis Dayman in the webinar titled Tips and Tools for Conducting Effective PIAs in Today’s Complex Privacy Landscape to learn how to efficiently plan and manage PIAs to ensure compliance and protect your brand:

  • Understand how to mitigate compliance risks using PIAs
  • Hear tips on how and when to use PIAs
  • Gain insight from privacy experts with experience of using PIAs within their organizations
  • See a demo of the new automated Assessment Manager module, part of TRUSTe’s Data Privacy Management (DPM) Platform

Don’t miss out – register for this webinar today!

Oct
15
2014

CNIL comments on first findings from Cookie Sweep

Speaking at the Compliance Week Europe Conference in Brussels yesterday Sophie Narbonne, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs at the CNIL was one of the first to comment publicly following the recent European Cookie Sweep. Clarifying that they are still working on the results she said “It is clear that there is now a first layer of information (on websites) but the next stage is not clear enough and doesn’t give the right information for people to refuse cookies.” Following the coordinated inspections by European Data Protection Authorities last month, this is an interesting indication of what the CNIL, and wider European response will be to the findings.

Cookies were not the only hot topic of conversation as Sophie Narbonne addressed a packed house of Compliance Officers. As well as dealing with the inevitable questions about the Right to Be Forgotten, and progress with the EU Data Protection Regulation she used her keynote presentation to focus on two data protection concepts: accountability and interoperability.

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Oct
06
2014

October Monthly Spotlight – TRUSTe at DMA 2014 & Webinars

TRUSTe to participate at DMA 2014 – The Global Event for Data-Driven Marketers.

  • October 13-14

Compliance Week Europe

Brussels, Belgium

Kevin Trilli, VP Product, TRUSTe will lead a workshop which looks at how compliance and privacy functions should be structured and work together and how global companies can navigate different privacy expectations between Europe and the United States. The session will include a demonstration of the TRUSTe DPM Platform to streamline enterprise data privacy management.

Register here for this event.

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Sep
29
2014

Top 5 Qualities in a Great Chief Privacy Officer (CPO)

Core qualities of a chief privacy officer (CPO).

By Alexandra Ross, The Privacy Guru (@sharemindfully)

Guest Blog

Whenever a new position emerges at the C-suite level, you can be certain substantial debate about exactly what the role encompasses and which skills are crucial for meeting an organization’s needs will follow. It’s understandable, as a new executive role is often a response to massive new complexities. Just consider how the computing revolution and the knowledge economy gave rise to CTO and CIO roles.

Today, extensions of those sea changes have placed new demands on companies – startups as well as more developed businesses. Mobile tech innovation, e-commerce, and the rapid growth of a globally networked society have elevated privacy into a priority issue. Make a list of high-profile stories over the past year, and you’ll be hard pressed to find one which doesn’t touch on data privacy: Revelations about government surveillance, app developers and social media companies experimenting with feed algorithms and location tracking, major retail security breaches… they all point towards increasing concern over privacy and the way institutions are not always fully prepared for the challenges privacy issues present.

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Sep
25
2014

TRUSTe Appoints Privacy Pro Josh Harris as New Director of Policy

Josh Harris joins TRUSTe as Directory of Privacy.TRUSTe today announced that privacy specialist Josh Harris has joined the team as the new Director of Policy. Josh has an extensive background in the privacy field with experience as a former Department of Commerce staffer and Future of Privacy Forum Policy Director.

Josh will be responsible for driving programs that protect consumer privacy and ensure ethical and responsible data collection practices worldwide. Josh is a known expert and thought leader in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System, a program which ensures safe data transfer that is compliant with global privacy frameworks.

Josh’s insights will be extremely beneficial in expanding the CBPR system and ensuring that we remain at the cutting edge of regulatory and technology developments on behalf of our global client-base. We’re thrilled to have Josh onboard!

For more on this announcement, read the press release and for more information on TRUSTe’s APEC certification program, visit www.truste.com/apec.

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