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FCC Seeks Public Comment on Mobile Carrier Privacy Policies Following Data Collection Controversy

Summary:
In re-launching the inquiry into carriers’ data privacy and security practices, the FCC argues that not informing customers about the software or its data practices may have violated the carriers’ responsibility pursuant to Section 222 of the Communications Act of 1934 to protect customer data “that is made available to a carrier solely by virtue of the carrier-customer relationship.”  The law allows such data to be used only in “limited circumstances,” a term which is not defined in Section 222.  It appears that one of the goals of the renewed inquiry is for the FCC to define the scope of the “limited circumstances.”

View the entire entry:
http://www.infolawgroup.com/2012/06/articles/privacy-law/fcc-seeks-public-comment-on-mobile-carrier-privacy-policies-following-data-collection-controversy/index.html

Stranger than Fiction: A Few Words About An Ethical Compass for Crisis Mapping

by Patrick Meier, iRevolution, February 12, 2012

The good people at the Sudan Sentinel Project (SSP), housed at my former “alma matter,” the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), have recently written this curious piece on crisis mapping and the need for an “ethical compass” in this new field. They made absolutely sure that I’d read the piece by directly messaging me via the @CrisisMappers twitter feed. Not to worry, good people, I read your masterpiece. Interestingly enough, it was published the day after my blog post reviewing IOM’s data protection standards. …

For full text of the article, visit Stranger than Fiction: A Few Words About An Ethical Compass for Crisis Mapping | iRevolution.

Basic Principles of European Union Consent and Data Protection

by Christina Hultsch, Technology Law Source, July 25, 2011

Any US company that receives data about individuals living in the European Union must be familiar with the basic principles of consent and data protection within the EU to avoid costly mistakes that are easily made in obtaining consent, should the validity of such consent be challenged by the EU data protection agencies. While certain exemptions may apply that allow receipt of data into the US without consent, companies need to analyze their receipt of such data in light of the new consent opinion discussed below. … Contrary to law in the US, in the EU, obtaining the consent of the individual (the “data subject”) has always played a key role in the European Union’s data protection efforts. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy, issued an opinion in July, 2011 addressing the consent principles currently in place as well as providing insight into a possible and likely expansion of consent requirements

For full text of the article visit Basic Principles of European Union Consent and Data Protection : Technology Law Source.

Mobile Location Privacy Opinion Adopted by Europe’s WP29

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Posted by Boris Segalis, May 19, 2011

Summary: On May 16, 2011, EU’s Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted an opinion setting out privacy compliance guidance for mobile geolocation services. WP29 is comprised of representatives from the EU member states’ data protection authorities (DPAs), the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. …  Not surprisingly, WP29 has concluded that geolocation data is “personal data” subject to the protections of the European data protection framework, including the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. The Working Party also determined that the collection, use and other processing of geolocation data through mobile devices generally requires explicit, informed consent of the individual. …

For highlights of  the opinion, view the Information Law Group Blog entry:
http://www.infolawgroup.com/2011/05/articles/data-privacy-law-or-regulation/mobile-location-privacy-opinion-adopted-by-europes-wp29/index.html

For full text of the opinion, click on Opinion 13/2011 on Geolocation Services on smart mobile devices [PDF].

Panel debates ways to update surveillance to new technologies – Nextgov

Panel debates ways to update surveillance to new technologies

By Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal, NextGov 02/17/2011

The FBI came to Congress Thursday to outline the problems law enforcement officials are increasingly facing in executing court ordered wiretaps, but did not offer a proposed solution for lawmakers to consider. During a hearing before the House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, even critics acknowledged law enforcement faces a problem but there was much debate over what should be done to address it. Under the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, telecommunications companies are required to develop and deploy solutions to enable court-ordered wiretaps. …

Full article available via Panel debates ways to update surveillance to new technologies – Nextgov.

Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust | The Energy Collective

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Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust

Posted January 31, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Consumer privacy concerns are an important focus of many Smart Grid conversations.  Everyone agrees that consumers need to be educated about the entirely new types of energy use data that can be created with Smart Grid technologies.  While we must ensure that consumers are aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding energy use data, there is less conversation ongoing about educating utilities and vendors to deploy programs to ensure data privacy, and there are no conversations ongoing about who owns the value of that energy use data. …

For full text of the article via Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust | The Energy Collective.

Geographical Information as “Personal Information”


Source: Teresa Scassa , University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, August 8, 2010
The rapid proliferation of applications using geographical information combined with the growing accessibility of vast quantities of data of all kinds has given rise to a number of data protection challenges. Information is placed in geographic context by governments, private sector actors, and even by individuals; compilations of data may be sole-authored or crowd-sourced, and are frequently made available over the internet. This paper explores a key question in the data protection context: when is information placed in geographical context personal information? Particular challenges in answering this question include the way in which geographical information may be a key to re-identifying de-identified data, and how it can be used to link aggregate demographic data to specific individuals. For full text of the article on the Social Science Research Network, click here.
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