Privacy and Data Protection

Top Monthly Privacy and Data Protection News

by Monique Altheim on April 30, 2014 This past month saw another batch of large data breaches, with “Heartbleed” considered by some the largest data security breach in the history of the internet; a flurry of legislative efforts by the States to regulate the use of drones, student privacy and government surveillance; a landmark victory […]

Top Monthly Privacy and Data Protection Stories

by Monique Altheim on February 23, 2014     Conferences  Powerpoint presentation of the closing plenary session on privacy @legaltechNY “Ripped from the Headlines: Cautionary Tales from the Annals of Data Privacy”             COPPA  FTC Approves kidSAFE Seal Safe Harbor Program     Data Breaches              Barclays’ Busted For Stealing, Selling Confidential Financial […]

Destruction of Private Data: Pushing the “Delete” Button is Not Enough

by Monique Altheim on February 22, 2014   A study commissioned in Australia by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), published on Feb.19, has found significant amounts of sensitive personal information left on recycled computers. The researchers purchased  52 computers randomly  on sites such as eBay, and hired a reputable forensic investigator to find out whether […]

Dissection of a Twitter Chat on Privacy and Data Protection with @JulieBrillFTC

FTC Comissioner Julie Brill recently held her first Twitter chat on the topic of privacy and the FTC. TWITTER LINGO FOR BEGINNERS: Those who are regular twiteratti can skip the following paragraph, but for those still not familiar with Twitter lingo, I have included a short introduction to Twitter shorthand: @JulieBrillFTC: This is Julie Brill’s […]

The FTC’s Data Security Guidelines

  On the occasion of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) 50th data security settlement, it issued a statement, giving businesses guidelines for their data security practices. Under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA), the FTC must protect consumers from “deceptive and unfair” commercial practices in the economic sectors under its jurisdiction. One […]

Top Weekly Privacy Stories

Apps   the clmtrackr (cml=constrained local model): the app that reads your emotions on your face.     Conferences    LegalTech New York 2014 Sessions to Focus on eDiscovery Trends, Information Management and Emerging Data Security Challenges (on which latter topic I participate in a plenary panel).       Data Breaches    Target: Hacking Hit […]

The TCPA, Robocalls and a Meaningful Definition of Consent

Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), in order for marketers to call or text a telephone subscriber via autodialer or prerecorded messages (robocalls), the subscriber must have given the robocaller “prior express consent” to do so. What constitutes “express consent” under the TCPA? The TCPA does not define “express consent.” Congress delegated to the […]

Top Weekly Privacy Stories

    Apps Data Breach 411 for iPhone       Conferences   CPDP 2014 (Computer, Privacy & Data Protection), January 22,23 & 24, 2014, Brussels, Belgium. (Especially the panel on Privacy by Design, on 1/22/14, which will be moderated by me).        COPPA FTC Approves New Method for Obtaining COPPA Verifiable Parental […]

@AltheimLaw’s Privacy and Data Protection Week in Review

Big Data One code to rule them all: How big data could help the 1 percent and hurt the little guy ‪http://www.salon.com/2014/01/03/one_code_to_rule_them_all_how_big_data_could_help_the_1_percent_and_hurt_the_little_guy/ …       Children Online Privacy Maryland AG Gansler Submits Children’s Online Privacy Workgroup Report ‪http://ow.ly/2Cyc8W    Conferences ·      Watch All ‪#30c3 talks, without data retention or Google spyware ‪https://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2013/ …     Data Breaches ·      WA: Sumner […]

@AltheimLaw’s Privacy and Data Protection Week in Review

Big Data   The E-Books Are Reading You #EUdataP http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/25/technology/as-new-services-track-habits-the-e-books-are-reading-you.html … Retailers, Supermarkets, Medical Markets Dive In To Extract Information From And About Consumers http://ow.ly/rYTdJ      California Privacy   California’s New Do-Not-Track Law Goes Into Effect January 1, 2014, Remember To Check Your Privacy Policy For … http://ow.ly/2Clqu3    CAN-SPAM   Court Accepts Narrow View […]