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The U.S. Congress Is Not the Leader in Privacy or Data Security Law

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A common myth is that the U.S. Congress is a leader in creating privacy and data security law.  But this has not been true for quite some time.  Congress isn’t leading, and even the policies and practices of US companies are increasingly built around the law of the European Union (EU) or the states. In […]

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Congress’s Attempt to Repeal the FCC Internet Privacy Rules: The Void Will Be Filled

FCC Privacy Rules Repealed

Recently, Congress voted to overturn new FCC rules that regulated the privacy of broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  The rules implemented the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 222 to ISPs, requiring opt in for sharing sensitive customer data, opt out for sharing non-sensitive customer data, as well as transparency requirements.  Sensitive data includes precise geo-location, children’s […]

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GDPR Cartoon: Taking Privacy Seriously

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I created this cartoon to illustrate the fact that despite the increasing risk that privacy violations pose to an organization, many organizations are not increasing the funding and resources devoted to privacy.  More work gets thrown onto the shoulders of under-resourced privacy departments. It is time that the C-Suite (upper management) wakes up to the […]

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Privacy Shield Training

Privacy Shield Training Course

I have produced a new Privacy Shield training course that provides a short introduction to the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.  Privacy Shield is an arrangement reached between the EU and US for companies to transfer data about EU citizens to the US.  Privacy Shield replaces the Safe Harbor Arrangement, which was invalidated in 2015 in […]

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A New US-EU Safe Harbor Agreement Has Been Reached

EU-US Privacy Shield Safe Harbor Training

Last year, the death of the US-EU Safe Harbor Arrangement sent waves of shock and despair to the approximately 4500 companies that used this mechanism to transfer personal data from the US to the EU.  But a new day has dawned. […]

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Blogging Highlights 2015: Privacy Issues

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I’ve been going through my blog posts from 2015 to find the ones I most want to highlight.  Here are some selected posts on privacy issues: I. PHILOSOPHICAL Privacy by Design: 4 Key Points What Is Privacy? II. PRIVACY LAW Why All Law Schools Should Teach Privacy Law — and Why Many Don’t […]

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10 Implications of the New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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Last week, the EU issued the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a long-awaited comprehensive privacy regulation that will govern all 28 EU member countries.  Clocking in at more than 200 pages, this is quite a document to digest.  According to the European Commission press release: “The regulation will establish one single set of rules which […]

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