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FICO: Technology, Economic Promise and Privacy

In the USS there is an ongoing debate over the technological and economic promise of Big Data and the tension created by privacy concerns.  The argument underscores a key question for policy leaders: Are existing privacy laws and policies sufficient to address the privacy risks that some envision in the era of Big Data?  Earlier this month, the White House ... Read More »

The New Privacy: It’s All About Context

Adopt Contextual Privacy to gain A Market Advantage says Fatemeh Khatibloo of Forrester Research “Privacy is dead”: It’s a trope so often repeated you might actually think it’s true. But in the age of smartphones and sensors, privacy is not only possible, it’s essential for building trust, the foundational currency of social, mobile, and local services. Context is key: Businesses crave ... Read More »

High Tech Companies Join Forces to Limit Government Surveillance

According to Reuters U.S. high tech companies have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance. The companies — Google Inc, Microsoft Corp , Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter , LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc — issued an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress to bring in reforms and restrictions on surveillance activities.  ... Read More »

Who says US Data Protection Standards are Lower than in the EU?

Recently Viviane Reding, the commissioner overseeing data protection, stated:  “The safe-harbour agreement may not be so safe after all, it could be a loophole” that allowed companies to shift data to the US where “data protection standards are lower than our European ones”.   Referring to one of the NSA programmes revealed by Mr Snowden, a former NSA contractor. Ms. ... Read More »

Privacy, Data Protection and Consumer Rights: Big Government spying on Citizens …. Where does this leave Common Sense?

BIIA’s chairman David Worlock and BIIA’s Deputy Managing Director Phil Cotter have gone to bat on the intrusiveness of ‘big brother’ government (not just the US) in spying on its and other countries’ citizens.  David Worlock’s ‘thoughts from the bottom of his garden’ and Phil Cotter’s comments make interesting reading. The discussion can be found on VBZV is about to ... Read More »

Schufa Germany: Research Project Concerning the Mining of Social Media Data Draws Political Flak

According to press reports SCHUFA, Germany’s largest consumer credit information supplier plans to use information it gathers online, including information from individual social media such as Facebook and others, in its analysis of an individual’s creditworthiness.  SCHUFA, plans to use Social Media data to study a person’s relationships in determining how that might affect their ability to pay their bills, ... Read More »