Dec
09
2015

Industry Leaders Discuss Impact of EU GDPR at ‘EU Data Protection 2015 – Regulation Meets Innovation’

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Privacy professionals, EU regulatory experts and Silicon Valley business leaders convened on Tuesday, Dec. 8 to discuss the impact of the soon-to-come EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR).

The all-day event on Tuesday, “EU Data Protection 2015 – Regulation Meets Innovation” featured six breakout sessions, four panel discussions and keynote presentations from Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor and Andrea Glorioso, Counsellor for the Digital Economy, EU Delegation to the U.S.

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Dec
07
2015

TRUSTe Expands Offerings and Partners with PactSafe and Leading Law Firms to Help Companies Comply with EU Privacy Rules

Compliance Blue Marker

Compliance Blue Marker

In order to manage the privacy and operational challenges of implementing Model Contract Clauses (MCC) to maintain compliance with EU data protection laws, TRUSTe has introduced a new Model Contract Clause privacy assessment and partnered with PactSafe and a number of leading law firms.

This solution comes after the Oct. 6th ruling by the European Court of Justice, which invalidated the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework.

“The Safe Harbor Ruling has left many companies rudderless without a clear way to stay compliant with EU rules,” said Chris Babel, CEO of TRUSTe. “While the prospect of a new Safe Harbor 2.0 agreement appears promising, our new assessment and these partnerships we’re announcing today, will help companies act now to streamline their Model Contract Clause compliance and meet the January 31st deadline.”

TRUSTe has partnered with a number of leading international law firms who can advise companies with the legal aspects of Model Contract Clause compliance. Once the appropriate Model Contract Clauses are identified, PactSafe and TRUSTe work together to streamline the process of contract agreement with clients and partners, and provide risk assurance that the privacy components are being honored throughout the business.

PactSafe handles contract distribution with its automated contract management tools. TRUSTe provides a full privacy assessment against the requirements under the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC using its automated Assessment Manager platform.

Further details about this new Model Contract Clause / Standard Contract Clause privacy assessment are available here and read the press release here.

Dec
02
2015

Privacy Ecosystem Series Review

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There are many players in the privacy ecosystem. From regulatory agencies to law firms to technology companies – and each entity plays an essential role in managing the balance between business use of data and consumer data protection.

We began the Privacy Ecosystem Series in July to showcase some of the many people and organizations involved in this fast growing ecosystem. Players range from organizations that enact new regulations to innovators who create compliance management solutions for businesses, and solutions for consumers to manage their privacy preferences.

Check out the Privacy Ecosystem Map to see just how many organizations are involved in shaping data privacy.

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Dec
01
2015

Privacy MeetUp Group to Host Holiday Happy Hour

Privacy MeetUp

Privacy MeetUp

Calling all Privacy Innovators and Technologists! TRUSTe is sponsoring the Holiday Happy Hour for the PI&T group on Dec. 3rd with drinks, snacks and special raffle prizes. Don’t miss out on the fun!

To thank its members, PI&T is hosting an end-of-year celebration. Join PI&T at TRUSTe’s HQ for a special Holiday Happy Hour. All are welcome — whether you’re interested in learning more about the PI&T group and who’s lined up to speak in 2016, or you would just want to make merry with your colleagues and friends.

Please be prepared to select an Ice Breaker Topic upon arrival. Which privacy topic do you find most interesting?
• Privacy By Design
• Data Breach Communication Laws
• Interoperability
• Internet of Things
• Or create your own!

The Privacy Innovation & Technology group brings together professionals working to identify, quantify, or solve privacy issues on the web, in mobile settings, or within corporations. The purpose of the group is to help the privacy and security communities network, as well as learn and discuss novel issues in the privacy space. We’re open to all kind of topics related to privacy including, but not limited to, big data issues, browser technology, tracking technology, forward thinking privacy practices, etc. The group is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the privacy world and for IAPP certificate holders to earn CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits. Come as you are!

Find more details on the PI&T page or RSVP today here!

Location: TRUSTe HQ, 835 Market Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94103

Contact: Matthew Coleman, mcoleman@truste.com

Schedule:
5:30PM – 6:30PM: Networking (Refreshments and snacks provided)
6:30PM – 7:00PM: Ice breaker session
7:00PM: Brief announcement from PI&T and pull raffle winners
7:00PM – 8:00PM: Continued networking

Raffle Prizes:
• The IAPP Information Privacy Case Book (the first, comprehensive analysis of the current state of privacy and data security enforcement around the world)
• Holiday Gift Basket
• TRUSTe Branded Timbuk2 Messenger Bag

Nov
30
2015

U.S. & EU Close to a Decision on Safe Harbor

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Court of Justice

There are indications that the U.S. and EU are close to a decision on Safe Harbor according to this Nov. 30 article in Politico, “EU hopes for new ‘safe harbor’ deal with US by January.”

The article states:

  • “The United States and European Union will take stock December 17 on negotiations over data transfers across the Atlantic.”
  • EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová is quoted as saying:
    • “… replacement legislation to the safe harbor pact will be reviewed. The Commission aims to conclude negotiations in January 2016.”
    • “the Commission is looking to involve European privacy watchdogs more closely.”
    • “both European data protection authorities and the Federal Trade Commission of the United States will implement the requirements and deal with the complaints of citizens.”

There have also been several articles regarding Jourová’s speech at the Brookings Institution on Nov. 13 showing confidence that the U.S. and EU are on track to reach an agreement on a new Safe Harbor before the Jan. 31 deadline. Click the links below to read what Jourová is saying about the status of the new Safe Harbor:

  • E.U.: New Safe Harbor Deal will be done by deadline via FedScoop
  • Speech by Commissioner Jourová: The future of U.S.-EU data transfer arrangements at the Brookings Institution via Europa.eu
  • Jourová: New Safe Harbor Deal Will Meet January Deadline via IAPP Daily Dashboard

With the Commerce Department committing to stronger oversight and with greater cooperation between European DPAs and the FTC, having accountability-on-demand against the new requirements will be crucial.

Do you have questions about U.S.-EU Safe Harbor? Contact TRUSTe at 1-888-878-7830.

 

Nov
30
2015

End of Month Recap: What You May Have Missed [November]

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At the end of each month we’ll compile a list featuring some of the most informative and interesting privacy blog posts to let you know what topics are driving the privacy agenda.

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This month we announced our Privacy Automation ROI Calculator and shared survey results about company awareness of the EU GDPR. We also published the last profile in our Privacy Ecosystem blog series. Next week we’ll recap the series and the organizations profiled.

 

TRUSTe Launches ROI Calculator to Measure the Value of Privacy Automation

The ROI Calculator can help you determine if your Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) could be done more efficiently. TRUSTe research shows that a typical PIA can take 28 days to complete and involve 175 work hours spread across multiple departments. What’s done with the data is up to you. A positive ROI should make you look further into what’s available for privacy automation.

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Nov
25
2015

White House Steps Up APEC-EU Interoperability Push

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APEC

For the first time, the White House has called out the APEC-EU privacy interoperability project as one of its key initiatives APEC member economies will prioritize in order to enhance regional economic integration for the Asia Pacific region, wrote TRUSTe’s Director of Policy Josh Harris in an article for The Privacy Advisor.

The goal of the interoperability project is to provide a dual-certification approach to streamline global privacy practices without duplicating efforts – something that will appeal to many companies. It would establish mechanisms to facilitate a company’s simultaneous participation in the Cross Border Privacy Rules and Binding Corporate Rules systems.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Join Josh on Dec. 9, along with Hilary Wandall, Chief Privacy Officer at Merck and Melinda Claybaugh, Counsel for International Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, for a webinar on this topic titled, “Solutions for Cross-Border Data Transfers: APEC CBPRs, BCRs and Global Interoperability.”

Nov
25
2015

Meet the Leading Players in the Privacy Ecosystem: Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology

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PrivacyEcosystemNuala

Over a hundred organizations are responsible for shaping the future of data privacy. In this new series we’ll profile some of the organizations that are helping to shape the massive privacy ecosystem through the eyes of the professionals that work there and learn more about their perspectives on privacy.

 

How have your organization’s goals/focus changed over the years to address evolving technologies or challenges?

CDT’s overall goals have not fundamentally changed over the years. Instead, we’re actually closer to our founding values, which – at their core – have a profound respect for the individual, their personal experience online and their right to speak freely.

New technology emerges every day, and we’re applying the same lens of respecting individual’s dignity to this technology – from drones and audio beacons to the myriad of ways that the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything) both makes decisions about individuals and helps to make life more full and efficient.

I think that CDT has evolved in its desire to speak to all members of the community –governments, companies, and individuals – to bring them to the table to discuss respecting human rights online. If anything, CDT’s focus has grown to be more global: we realize that when change to legislation is made in one country, it will have a global ripple effect; we understand the Internet to be global and that global policy must be applied to it; and we believe that the Internet is the greatest loudspeaker ever created.

 

What is the biggest threat to consumers?

The biggest threat to consumers is the opaque collection of data, by which I mean the little bits of data you give out every second of your life and don’t realize.

It’s not the transmission of data – like when you do a Google search or when you’re on Facebook – because you know what data you’re inputting. It’s the data that’s extraneous to the transaction, which includes data that’s collected when you walk down the street or into a store.

The ability to collect granular data about you inside of your own home is a relatively new phenomenon and it stymies notions of your curtilage, your physical boundary around your home. What’s concerning about this data, not only how it’s collected or used by companies you may or may not know, is that decisions are made about you as a result of this data, and you may not be aware whether these decisions are fair, accurate, lasting, or could change how you access services, credit or information.

So it’s not just the data that concerns me but it’s these decisions that may not be at all transparent or apparent to the individual, and they have less control or power in its collection and use.

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