New WhatsApp Policy Tests Privacy Laws Across the Globe

A new privacy policy decision has put messaging company WhatsApp at risk of losing its roughly 450 million Indian users. In an update to its terms and conditions, the service has asked its user base in India to consent to the app sharing personal user data–such as location and phone numbers–with its parent company, Facebook.…
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2020 News in Review

Week Ending December 28  ICO Warns SolarWinds Victims to Report Breaches  The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to organizations compromised by the SolarWinds breach. The breach, which was carried out by Russian hackers, affected more than 18000 organizations worldwide. ICO requires UK data controllers subject to NIS regulations to report…
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Does Your Organization Need A Chief Privacy Officer

Does Your Organization Need a Chief Privacy Officer?

As the presence of global data privacy legislation continues to rise, so does the importance of privacy-related positions. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mandates that companies hire a Data Protection Officer, and related roles like Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) have also become more valued. One of the most concrete action items a…
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Privacy Shield

A New Framework for a Post-Privacy Shield Era

Since the Schrems 2.0 case ended the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, the companies that relied on the framework to transfer data between Europe and the U.S. have been left wondering what to do next. Can companies still rely on Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for data transfers? If not, what alternatives do they have? The European…
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How CISOs are Combating Remote Work Security Risks

When the Covid-19 outbreak became a full-fledged global pandemic in mid-March, ADCG member Angela Lonzetta–who was working as a cybersecurity program manager at the time–wrote about the compliance challenges faced by small and medium enterprises.  It’s now July, and we’re all still working remotely (and probably will be for another year). Even when the entire…
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Privacy Cage

Privacy Cages: The End of Data Privacy Laws? 

Evervault, a Dublin-based data privacy company has raised $16 million in its Series A funding round led by Index Ventures. This takes the total raised by the company to $19 million, giving it crucial resources to “build the API (application programming interface) for data privacy.” The company, founded by Shane Curran, has a simple manifesto:…
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Federated Learning

What is Federated Learning? And How Can Differential Privacy Make it Better?

Machine learning is a constantly growing technology. But some recent developments are particularly noteworthy for business leaders because they are paving the way for fairer, safer, more private, and more affordable machine learning algorithms.  In 2017, Google announced that machine learning models trained with user interaction from mobile devices would adopt federated learning while, in…
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