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People want data privacy but don’t always know what they’re getting

people want data privacy but don’t always know what they’re getting

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The Trump administration’s move to ban the popular video app TikTok has stoked fears about the Chinese government collecting personal information of people who use the app. These fears underscore growing concerns Americans have about digital privacy generally.

Debates around privacy might seem simple: Something is private or it’s not. However, the technology that provides digital privacy is anything but simple.

Our data privacy research shows that people’s hesitancy to share their data stems in part from not knowing who would have access to it and how organizations that collect data keep it private. We’ve also found that when people are aware of data privacy technologies, they might not get what they expect.

Differential privacy explained

While there are many ways to provide privacy for people who share their data, differential privacy has recently emerged as a leading technique and is being rapidly adopted.

Imagine your local tourism committee wanted to find out the most popular places in your area. A simple solution would be to collect lists of all the locations you have visited from your mobile device, combine it with similar lists for everyone else in your area, and count how often each location …

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Cisco Reports Privacy and Security Concerns Increase in Today’s Remote World

cisco reports privacy and security concerns increase in today’s remote world

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —
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Two new global surveys highlight the challenges and opportunities of the accelerated transition to a cloud-first, remote world that demands us to be secure, connected and productive from anywhere.
IT teams were not fully prepared for the sudden transition to remote work. Secure access and endpoint security continue to be a top challenge in enabling hybrid work environments going forward.
Consumers and workers voice skepticism around the privacy protections in remote work technologies and the trustworthiness of companies to protect their data as their healthcare, education, work, and social lives move further online.

Cisco published two new global research studies that reveal an increase in consumer concern about data sharing during the pandemic and the security challenges organizations face supporting employees and customers in our remote-first world. The reports also highlight opportunities to become more resilient by committing to security that enables access to data and applications from anywhere, on any device. Investing in both security and privacy will prepare organizations and consumers for the “new normal” that is here to stay.
Earlier this year, businesses across the globe transitioned to a remote work environment almost overnight at an unprecedented scale and …

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Consulting firm Protiviti launches ‘privacy as a service’ offering

consulting firm protiviti launches ‘privacy as a service’ offering

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Protiviti, a Menlo, CA-based global consulting firm, has launched Protivity PraaS – a managed service privacy offering that helps companies assess their privacy needs, implement compliance programs, and respond to regulatory changes.
As consumer data has proliferated through the rise of digitalization, e-commerce, and social media, governments have begun addressing the issue with enhanced data privacy laws such as the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA.
At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitalization journey – pushing forward remote work, telehealth, and virtual learning programs that require a heightened focus on data privacy and security.
Addressing a firm’s data privacy challenges and initiatives requires digital talent that is either difficult to source, or too costly to obtain for smaller and mid-sized companies – especially in this economy. As such, organizations might opt for an outsourced, privacy-as-a-service (PraaS) offering.

Protiviti, the consulting arm of staffing giant Robert Half, has launched its own Praas offering in this favorable climate.
“Companies, especially small and mid-sized organizations, are struggling to find the right talent to achieve and maintain compliance,” said Terry Jost, a Protiviti managing director and leader of the firm’s managed security services. “Protiviti PraaS service was born out of client …

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Web Privacy Protection Gains a New Advocate: PubWise Taking Clients Beyond GDPR Compliance

web privacy protection gains a new advocate: pubwise taking clients beyond gdpr compliance

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TipRanksOppenheimer: These 2 Stocks Could Double, If Not MoreIt’s the final countdown. With the U.S. Presidential election only two weeks away, election year stress is making the rounds on Wall Street, but one pro argues that regardless of the outcome, opportunity could emerge.Oppenheimer’s Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus notes that in the last leg of the race to the White House, “the markets appear to be signaling that no matter how loud the rhetoric gets from either side and no matter which side wins, investment opportunity in some form is likely to prevail over risk beyond inauguration day in January 2021.” He added, “In our experience opportunity often arises from uncertainty while a perception of ‘certainty’ often breeds complacency.”As for Q3 earnings season, it’s already surprising to the upside. Although it’s still too early to tell how the season will play out, Stoltzfus says “so far so good.” Data from the past weekend shows 84% of companies that already reported have beat earnings expectations and 82% have exceeded revenue expectations for the quarter. Taking Stoltzfus’ outlook into consideration, Oppenheimer’s analysts are pounding the table on two under-the-radar stocks, noting that each could double or more in …

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DDW designers join Dezeen for live discussion about privacy and the value of data

ddw designers join dezeen for live discussion about privacy and the value of data

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The value of personal data in today’s society is the subject of this Dezeen x Dutch Design Week 2020 talk, featuring designers Julia Janssen, Isaac Monté and Lei Nelissen. Tune in from 3:00pm UK time.The Dutch Design Week (DDW) creatives will be joined by Vincent van Herk of the Dutch Design Foundation, who curated the DDW sub-theme “Privacy in the Age of New Intimacy” and will give an overview of the theme.Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft will moderate the talk.The Aeon app gathers traces of information that people have left onlineThe talks’ focus will be on how people’s data has become an increasingly valuable commodity in today’s world and how our privacy can be guarded.The designers taking part in the discussion have all created works that touch on different aspects of privacy, data and information. Designer Julia JanssenJanssen’s project “Why I like green” explores how Facebook’s algorithm has decided that she is interested in sportswear and technology, prefectures of Japan, the American Mathematical Society, and the colour green.As a result, she is creating a game that looks at how true the algorithm’s conclusions are. An online profile “doesn’t merely describe your interest, preferences, conditions, obligations, desires, and …

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iOS 14: How to Use the Privacy Report Feature in Safari

ios 14: how to use the privacy report feature in safari

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New Photos Offer Better Look at iPhone 12 Color OptionsAs we wait for the iPhone 12 review embargo to lift later today, more pictures are circulating of the devices in real-world lighting conditions, providing a better look at the different colors available. Leaker DuanRui has shared images on Twitter of the iPhone 12 in white, black, blue, green, and (PRODUCT)RED. The black and white colors are similar to the iPhone 11 colors, but the other…

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Liberals pledge to strengthen privacy laws, improve data access

liberals pledge to strengthen privacy laws, improve data access

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The B.C. Liberal Party says it will work with the province’s information and privacy commissioner to strengthen laws and continue a review of those laws halted by the election call.Commissioner Michael McEvoy has made multiple recommendations to improve B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Information Protection Act. These recommendations include having mandated breach reporting and the ability to levy fines.

In September, McEvoy said Victoria’s use of time extensions for information access requests is undermining FIPPA. 

In August, the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and BC Civil Liberties Association said B.C.’s privacy laws are out of date, out of step with international legislation and in need of reform.

And in June, McEvoy said the provincial government needs to do more to disclose operational information to the public.

And in February, Britain’s information commissioner and former B.C. commissioner Elizabeth Denham added her voice to those of Canadian privacy commissioners in calling for modernization of Canada’s laws to bring them into the 21st century.

The NDP and Green Party did not respond to multiple requests for information.

However, the B.C. …

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‘The grief is immeasurable’: Robert Redford mourns son James, requests privacy

‘the grief is immeasurable’: robert redford mourns son james, requests privacy

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The documentary filmmaker, environmentalist and health advocate had suffered from liver disease for more than 30 years, the Associated Press reported. Diagnosed in childhood with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare autoimmune disease, he had received two liver transplants in 1993, according to People.

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Will Global Privacy Control Protocol Succeed Where Do Not Track Failed?

will global privacy control protocol succeed where do not track failed?

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Do Not Track was an effort years ago to get web publishers and online sellers to implement a voluntary protocol that let visitors opt out of personal data sharing, and notified them when they did so. All web browsers support it, but the publishers and online sellers themselves opted out of the program. Now some of the same groups have created the Global Privacy Control (GPC), a protocol that focuses more narrowly on letting website visitors opt out of the sale of their personal data to third parties for commerce purposes.
The coalition includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Firefox creator Mozilla, as well as major publishers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Where it may succeed this time is in the context of the passage of consumer data privacy acts GDPR in Europe and CCPA in California in recent years. Rob Shavell, CEO of Abine, who was involved in Do Not Track and is also a participating in Global Privacy Control, discusses the prospects, what’s ahead and why merchants should get on board.

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NJ Gov. Murphy vetoes police body camera bills over cost, privacy

nj gov. murphy vetoes police body camera bills over cost, privacy

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is conditionally vetoing two bills expanding the usage of police body cameras in the state — citing cost and privacy concerns.
Murphy wrote Monday in a conditional veto statement that while police body cameras are a “wise public investment,” he couldn’t approve one of the bills, S-1163, which would require cops to wear body cams at all times with few exceptions, unless departments that can’t afford them could be exempt.
“Acquisition, deployment and use of this technology is not without cost, however, which has discouraged some police agencies from embracing this valuable law enforcement tool,” Murphy wrote, adding that more than 35,000 local, county and state officers would be compelled to wear the devices under the legislation.
A survey by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in September found that more than half of law enforcement agencies statewide currently do not use body cameras, Murphy said.
That means if passed as currently configured, the bill would require up to two-thirds of the state’s law enforcement community to be outfitted with the devices — a “laudable goal” that could cost up to $55.8 million, Murphy said.
“Unfortunately, the funding mechanism provided in this legislation is insufficient to …

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