Posted by fgilbert on January 2nd, 2015

The “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World Act” came into effect as of January 1, 2015. Business & Professions Code §22581 creates a “right of erasure” which has numerous similarities with the “right to be forgotten” or “right of erasure” that is written into the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation. The California […]

Posted by fgilbert on November 26th, 2014

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has adopted Right to Be Forgotten Guidelines, to help Data Protection Authorities in the implementation of the May 13, 2014 judgment of the Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) in the case Google Spain SL and Google Inc. v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos (AEPD) and Mario […]

Posted by fgilbert on October 1st, 2014

I recently participated in a discussion about the difference between “privacy” and “data protection.” My response was “it depends.” It depends on the country. It may also depend on other factors. When some countries use the term “privacy,” they may mean the same thing or refer to the same principles as what other countries identify […]

Posted by fgilbert on September 17th, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a proposed settlement with Yelp, Inc. for COPPA violations. The FTC alleged that, for five years, Yelp illegally collected and used the personal information of children under 13 who registered on its mobile app service. According to the FTC complaint, Yelp collected personal information from children through the Yelp […]

Posted by fgilbert on September 8th, 2014

The Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon on September 3, 2014, after an investigation into the company’s use of customers’ personal information for marketing purposes. This $7.4 million fine is the largest such payment in FCC’s history for settling an investigation related solely to the privacy […]

Posted by fgilbert on June 23rd, 2014

Security breaches affecting electronic records have taken such a preeminent place on the first page of our daily news reports that it might be easy to forget that paper records may contain information that is just as sensitive and deserves just as much attention. An HHS action against Parkview Health System, Inc., a non-profit Indiana […]

Posted by fgilbert on May 27th, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is calling for legislation to shed some light on data brokers’ practices and give consumers some control over the use of their personal information. In its 110-page report, “Data Brokers: a Call for Transparency and Accountability”, published on May 27, 2014, the FTC outlines the content of legislation that it […]

Posted by fgilbert on May 23rd, 2014

In a May 23, 2014 press release, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has indicated that it welcomes the May 13, 2014 ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which recognizes a “right to be forgotten” for individuals. The WP29 also announced that it is planning a discussion among the EU data protection authorities […]

Posted by fgilbert on May 7th, 2014

  Big data tools offer astonishing and powerful opportunities to unlock previously inaccessible insights from new and existing data sets. Large amounts of data are processing through new techniques and technologies, dissecting the digital footprints individuals leave behind, and revealing a surprising number of personal details. As a result, big data analytics have the potential […]

Posted by fgilbert on March 27th, 2014

In a short statement following the EU-US summit held in Brussels earlier this week, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, announced on March 27, 2014, that the United States and the European Union have agreed to take steps to address concerns caused by last year’s revelations on the USA NSA surveillance programs, and […]