IAPP 2016 Global Privacy Summit Recap

The IAPP held its annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington DC between April 3rd and 6th.  Drawing more than 3,500 attendees, the IAPP said it was the largest summit they had ever put on, and to their knowledge the largest of its type in the world. eWhite House Watch had the opportunity to attend the conference as part of the press corps.  As it has in years past, the conference combined fascinating opportunities to hear about cutting edge issues in privacy law with great opportunities to connect with privacy professionals from around the globe.   The conference drew some of the best speakers and biggest names in the privacy community.  For example, one of the keynote speakers was Brad Smith, Microsoft’s Chief Legal Officer and President.  Mr. Smith’s theme was that this is the best of times and the worst of times for privacy in America.  “Privacy is one of the defining issues of our time.”  With everything being connected, we can all benefit from the use of big data, advances in human centered technology, and vast networks of people and computers.  But, hacks like the one Sony experienced, and concerns regarding encryption’s role in the Paris attacks, are just a few examples of the challenges facing privacy professionals.  He emphasized that there is no single answer and that the private sector and governments need to work together to draw proper lines that protect people’s privacy while also providing for their safety.  In short, there is a lot of work to do, but Mr. Smith emphasized that “Privacy should be a cause worth embracing.”

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New Jersey Passes Social Media Privacy Bill

By Fernando M. Pinguelo and Guillermo C. Artiles - Everyone enjoys their privacy, even legislators!   Privacy bills are becoming ubiquitous in state legislatures across the country.  With the increased use of social media in and around the workplace, states are legislating to protect the dueling interests of employers and employees.  Ten states, including New Jersey, passed laws that restrict employers from accessing the social media accounts of employees. 

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