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Mind the gap: Poll finds many Canadian businesses believe privacy is important but not taking basic steps to protect customer information

Ten years after Canada’s private sector privacy law came into full effect, our latest survey has found that many Canadian businesses are still not taking the basic steps necessary to protect the personal information of their customers and clients – despite believing that protecting privacy is “extremely important”. An overwhelming majority of businesses (82%) said [...]

New York Times: The Privacy Paradox, a Challenge for Business

The New York Times reports on a new study concerning privacy sponsored by data-storage company EMC: People around the world are thrilled by the ease and convenience of their smartphones and Internet services, but they aren’t willing to trade their privacy to get more of it. That is the top-line finding of a new study of 15,000 [...]

The Privacy Blog Podcast – Ep. 20: Censorship, passwords, NSLs and cash

In episode 20 of our podcast for May I talk about: The need to target your privacy efforts Why your secrets may not be safe with secrecy apps The possibility of more light shining on National Security Letters Conflicted feelings about censorship in the Russian government Google and the right to be forgotten What you need to do [...]

New York Times: Irish Regulator Finds Himself at Heart of Privacy Debate

The New York Times profiles Billy Hawkes, Ireland’s data protection commissioner, and discusses how he is a big part of the international privacy debate: When Mr. Hawkes took over in 2005 as Ireland’s data protection commissioner, he said, it was a relatively quiet job focused on local issues. But in the years since, Ireland has become [...]

This Week: Internet Privacy

ABC’s This Week did a segment on Internet privacy, including a discussion of Europe’s new ruling on the right to be forgotten. Watch the segment here. Privacy Lives

Ars Technica: App changes its privacy policy ten days after Facebook acquisition

Ars Technica reports on a change in the privacy policy of fitness-tracking mobile app Moves: Mere days after the fitness-tracking app Moves assured users about their privacy after its acquisition by Facebook, the company has changed its privacy policy to allow itself to share data with third parties. The Wall Street Journal reported the changes late Monday, which were pushed [...]

Op-Ed at Telegraph (UK): Privacy matters in ‘internet of things’ innovation race

I’ve written before about the “Internet of Things,” which is a computerized network of physical objects. In IoT, sensors and data storage devices embedded in objects interact with Web services. (For more on privacy and the IoT, see a Center for Democracy and Technology report that I consulted on and contributed to, “Building the Digital Out-Of-Home Privacy Infrastructure.”) In [...]

The Privacy Blog Podcast – Ep. 19: Heartbleed, IE, and Internet Sovereignty.

In episode 19 of The Privacy Blog Podcast, recorded for April 2014, I  talk about: The Heartbleed bug, and why it is such a big deal. A major vulnerability in Internet Explorer, and why we are focusing on the wrong thing. The reasons behind recent pushes for national Internet sovereignty. and finally about the increasingly international [...]

Next Avenue: A Privacy Expert’s 3 Tips to Protect Yourself Online

Next Avenue has an interview with Julia Angwin, who has written about privacy for the Wall Street Journal and has a new book on privacy and technology, “Dragnet Nation.” Angwin discusses tips on how people can better protect their privacy online: In researching her book, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Angwin (who reported on privacy and tech issues [...]

Events of Interest: Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data (April 22)

The McCourt School of Public Policy and Georgetown University Law Center are hosting a panel discussion, “Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data.” There will be a keynote address by Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. The panelists are: Edward Montgomery, Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy; Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law; Robert Groves, Provost, Georgetown [...]