Lines Drawn on New Data Privacy Bills

A second U.S. data privacy bill in as many months targets consumer protections while attempting to beef up enforcement of privacy rights.

The Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act would establish a new bureau within the Federal Trade Commission to enforce digital privacy rules. The proposed legislation also would give consumers greater control of their online personal data and provide greater protections by obligating companies to prevent privacy violations.

The legislation was introduced Tuesday (Nov. 26) by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.

 

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Study Shows Only 12% of Companies Are Ready For New CCPA Data Privacy Regulation

With just six weeks to go before the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020, a surprisingly large percentage of companies are still not ready to handle the compliance demands of the new data privacy regulation. According to a study of 85 companies by New York-based data privacy technology company Ethyca, only 12% of companies have reach an “adequate state of compliance” ahead of the new data privacy regulation becoming law. Moreover, nearly four in ten companies (38%) need at least 12 months to become compliant. With the state attorney general’s office in California suggesting that enforcement actions will begin immediately, that could present a number of problems for compliance laggards.

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Privageo Partners with Data Privacy Risk Management Firm CENTRL

IRVINE, Calif.Dec. 3, 2019PRLog — vageo, a leading data privacy solutions provider, announced today its partnership with CENTRL, a next-generation data privacy and risk management platform provider. This partnership reflects Privageo’s ongoing commitment to identifying, assessing and sourcing the best data privacy technologies for its clients.

New landmark data privacy laws such the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are a response to the growing global consumer privacy rights movement. These laws require sweeping changes in how organizations collect and share consumer data, as well as respond to consumer requests about what data organizations are collection about them and how it is being shared and used.

As a result of growing regulatory challenges, a new breed of data privacy compliance technology is rapidly evolving. Privageo co-founder, Steve Kerler observed: “Traditional, largely manual, business responses to new data privacy regulations are unwieldy and ineffective. Businesses are unable to meet the large volume of consumer requests for data with existing staffing and technology. Selecting tools to automate and scale data privacy compliance responses has become an essential component of conducting business.”

 

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Key takeaways on Americans’ views about privacy, surveillance and data-sharing

In key ways, today’s digitally networked society runs on quid pro quos: People exchange details about themselves and their activities for services and products on the web or apps. Many are willing to accept the deals they are offered in return for sharing insight about their purchases, behaviors and social lives. At times, their personal information is collected by government on the grounds that there are benefits to public safety and security.

A majority of Americans are concerned about this collection and use of their data, according to a new report from Pew Research Center.

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US Chamber of Commerce lobbies for right to keep using Facial recognition.

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Adobe leak exposes user data for 7.5 million users. Have you gotten control of your customer’s personal data? If not, Privageo is here to help!

Talk about security blunders! Data of more than 7.5 million Adobe Creative users, including personal information, was exposed to anyone with a web browser.

According to the researcher behind the report, Bob Diachenko, the private information of users was estimated to be sitting in unprotected cache for about a week.

 

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Tech giants ask Congress for a data privacy bill to bypass state laws

Tech giants are calling on Congress to pass a data privacy law — just as long as it’s on their terms. Those terms include legislation that would pre-empt the many state laws already protecting people’s privacy. But consumer privacy advocates argued this move would hurt data privacy. 

In a letter signed by more than 50 CEOs, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, the industry leaders called for federal privacy legislation that would “strengthen consumer trust and establish a stable policy environment.”

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Coffee with Privacy Pros: “Privacy Policy is Human Progress”

AT&T’s mission statement is simple: “To inspire human progress through the power of communication and entertainment.” To achieve such an immense goal, AT&T could not just be a phone company.

AT&T, one of the top ten Fortune 500 companies, is now four distinct business units: AT&T Communications, which provides cable, internet, and phone services totaling more than $144 billion in revenue annually in the U.S., WarnerMedia (with fixture HBO) adding $33 billion, AT&T Latin America with over $7 billion, and finally, Xandr’s $2 billion contribution of advanced advertising solutions, which powers the data intelligence gathered from customer insights from parts of all the aforementioned AT&T businesses. Together, the new AT&T is “reinventing the way the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.” This involves using customer data, such as viewing habits, likes/dislikes, and browsing history, all with the appropriate levels of permission, aggregation, and other safeguards. Some of the data can be considered quite private, so issues of trust, clarity, and choice are important.

 

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Instagram Data Scraping by HYP3R Raises Privacy Concerns

Until recently, many of the social media privacy concerns that seem to swirl around Facebook on a regular basis never seemed to extend to Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. But all that could be changing as the result of a recent Instagram data scraping case that is attracting a lot of attention from privacy and security experts. A trusted Facebook marketing partner, HYP3R, had been scraping data from Instagram, storing it on its own servers, and then re-packaging all of that social media data for advertisers. The Instagram data scraping in question included physical locations, bio information, and photos – as well as some content (such as Instagram Stories) that were specifically intended to disappear after 24 hours.

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