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Balancing the data privacy debate: The benefits of big (and little) data

Comments to the White House's recent request for comments on "big data" and how it affects Americans were due April 4, but even before all the comments have been reviewed, we can be pretty sure that, as usual, most business...more

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Big Data Opinion

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with...more

Data: Big, Borderless and Beyond Control? Five Things You Can Do

There’s been a lot of talk about big data over the last few years and the breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have many companies running in circles trying to figure out how to protect their systems and their data. So what...more

WhatsApp plus Facebook, what data protection issues?

Adding 450 million monthly users to 1.3 bn monthly users costs $19 bn according to Facebook, but also means that the buyer will be able to know about (and benefit from) much more information on its users to be potentially...more

Big Box Data Breaches

2013 was a difficult year for retailers with respect to an increase in cyber attacks seeking customer data, culminating in a number of high profile attacks during the busy year end holiday season. Many retailers are now...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2014

In This Issue: - Ramifications of the Target Data Breach - California Federal Judge Winnows Down Massive Privacy Class Action - White House Launches “Big Data” Review - Senator Rockefeller Issues Data Broker...more

Connecticut Appellate Court Affirms Denial of Coverage Under CGL Policy for Data Breach

As more data breaches and information security events occur, the insurance industry will see more disputes over whether losses from these events are covered under commercial general liability (CGL) policies. In the latest...more

Building Capacity to Exercise Good Judgment in a World of Big Data

This week the news has been full of reports from Las Vegas regarding the latest technological trends on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Discussions about wearable technologies and smart appliances —...more

Making data count

Good data processed quickly and seamlessly is critical for modern businesses. Get it right and it will improve profitability and company valuation. Get it wrong and it may cost you dearly. Think of “Big Data” and what...more

Information Governance - 2013 in Review

2013 was the year that the term "Information Governance" or "IG" began to be widely used outside of technical circles. Despite that fact, the concept of IG is not well understood. Gartner, a premier information advisory...more

Privacy Top Ten: Things You Think You Know About Privacy – But Don’t!

Whether a start–up or a listed ASX company, your business opportunities are increasingly on–line and/or overseas. At last count over 80 countries have adopted data privacy laws and Australia’s new Australian Privacy...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2013

In This Issue: - European Commission Proposes Changes to the US-EU Safe Harbor: In our November Privacy & Cybersecurity Update,1 we reported that the European Commission was undertaking a review of the U.S.-EU...more

Technology & Sourcing News - October 2013 (Global)

- What's in an indemnity anyway? - Kit Burden provides an informative overview of the use of indemnities in IT and outsourcing contracts, including guidance on what to look out for when drafting or negotiating these...more

Big Data, Big Trouble? Privacy and Legal Concerns with Big Data

Google has figured out that I shop for a lot of children's clothing online, as my two children grow like weeds. Every time I launch a search, my banner ads link to brands that I have bought previously or similar brands that...more

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Calls for Increased Scrutiny of Privacy Practices for Consumer Data

On August 19, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez cautioned companies that collect large quantities of consumer data that the FTC intends to closely scrutinize the measures those companies take to protect...more

Privacy Reform Coming in Light of Big Data

Canada’s Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart today released a position paper which offers a roadmap for modernizing Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law, Personal Information Protection and Electronic...more

EU Proposed Directive on Network and Information Security

On 7 February, the European Commission (EC) published an EU Cyber Security Strategy encompassing a proposed Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS Directive). The aim of the Strategy and NIS Directive is to...more

Quadrophenia and Four Compliance Issues

This past weekend I saw the remaining members of The Who perform in their Quadrophenia Tour. While I had seen Roger Daltry perform the rock opera Tommy, I had never seen Pete Townsend in concert. To say I was blown away would...more

Rockefeller Releases Results of Fortune 500 Survey on Cybersecurity

Back in September, I posted here about Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller’s (D-WV) letters to all FORTUNE 500 companies inquiring about business opposition to cybersecurity legislation....more

Are Financial Institutions Ready for Cloud Computing?

Originally published in BNA’s Banking Report on January 8, 2013. The rapid growth in the availability and sophistication of cloud computing services — on-demand, scalable information technology services provided over the...more

Big Data and Cloud Computing Meet the Uruguay Conference of Data Protection Authorities

The 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners was held in Uruguay on October 23 and 24, 2012. The purpose of the International Conference is to bring together data protection and privacy...more

What Do Yoga Poses and Big Data Have in Common?

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a policy statement clarifying its approach to examining registrations of compilations, including claims for the selection and arrangement of independently uncopyrightable subject...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Big Data and the Law [Video]

As the use of the internet and social media continues to increase rapidly, companies are being challenged to keep up with changing laws and the many ways in which customer and employee data flow in and out of their hands. In...more

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