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What Should Privacy Awareness Training Include?

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Privacy awareness training educates an organization’s workforce about the way that the organization protects privacy and the workforce’s role in this endeavor. In this post, I explain what privacy awareness training should include. Privacy awareness training typically covers the following things:

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Cartoon: Facial Recognition

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Facial recognition technology involves using algorithms to identify people based on their faces. Distinctive details about people’s faces are compiled into “face templates,” which are then stored in a database and used to find facial matches,

Facial recognition is quickly being deployed by many companies for various purposes, such as authenticating identity (unlocking smart phones) and identifying people in photos.  Other uses include using the data to track people’s location and behavior.  Facial recognition technology also can detect people’s emotions – an ability that could be used to manipulate people.

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An Open Letter to Law School Deans about Privacy Law Education in Law Schools

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Recently a group of legal academics and practitioners in the field of privacy law sent a letter to the deans of all U.S. law schools about privacy law education in law schools.  My own brief intro about this endeavor is here in italics, followed by the letter. The signatories to the letter have signed onto the letter, not this italicized intro.

Although the field of privacy law grown dramatically in past two decades, education in law schools about privacy law has significantly lagged behind.  Most U.S. law schools lack a course on privacy law. Of those that have courses, many are small seminars, often taught by adjuncts.  Of the law schools that do have a privacy course, most often just have one course. Most schools lack a full-time faculty member who focuses substantially on privacy law.

This state of affairs is a great detriment to students. I am constantly approached by students and graduates from law schools across the country who are wondering how they can learn about privacy law and enter the field. Many express great disappointment at the lack of any courses, faculty, or activities at their schools.

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Cartoon: The Travails of CCPA Compliance

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This cartoon depicts the travails of complying with the CCPA as it rapidly evolves.  The CCPA originated when a referendum regarding consumer privacy rights was scheduled to be on the ballot in November 2018.  Alastair Mactaggart, the referendum’s sponsor, offered to withdraw it if California passed a law.  So, in the summer of 2018, the California legislature passed the CCPA in an all-out dash to beat the deadline for the referendum’s withdrawal

Businesses scrambled to get ready to comply for the CCPA’s effective date – January 2020.  Being ready to comply with the CCPA requires quite a lot of work.  Further complicating compliance, the CCPA is riddled with ambiguities and difficult tradeoffs between privacy and data security.

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