On March 17, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission concluded its three-part “Exploring Privacy” roundtable series with panel discussions on internet architecture, health information, sensitive information and the path forward.

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The Federal Trade Commission’s second “Exploring Privacy” roundtable concluded Thursday, January 28, 2010.  The roundtable did not provide many firm conclusions, but it did help further refine some hard issues facing privacy protection.

Although Thursday’s hearing was intended to be devoted to technology issues, the role of regulation appeared to dominate the discussions.  “Everyone is dying to talk about regulation,” said Jessica Rich, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, moderating a panel on Technology and Policy.

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On Monday, December 7, the Federal Trade Commission began a three-part series of roundtables collectively entitled “Exploring Privacy.”  The conference opened with a presentation by Richard M. Smith featuring data flow charts he developed with FTC staff to illustrate the current “personal data ecosystem” and how personal information moves in various online and offline contexts.  The charts that served as the basis for his discussion (available here) offer a sense of the FTC’s understanding of today’s information marketplace.  Other panels covered topics such as consumer expectations, information brokers and online behavioral advertising.

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Every year since 2005, the United States, the European Commission and the Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection meet to review the latest developments in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, as well as changes in privacy compliance, information security and data protection.  This year’s  International Conference on Cross Border Data Flows, Data Protection and

On November 4, join our privacy professionals at the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Madrid, Spain.  Participate in various presentations on ways to manage the most challenging data protection issues in today’s global environment.  In addition, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”) will host a Data Protection and Privacy Workshop in conjunction with the conference.
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News last week that Chinese and Russian hackers had infiltrated the U.S. electrical power grid gave practical significance to already high-profile issues in Washington — how better to secure the nation’s cyber-infrastructure.  Late in 2008, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency (the Commission) released a report citing the U.S.’s failure to protect cyberspace as “one of the most urgent national security problems” facing the Obama administration.  The failure threatens the safety and well-being of the United States and its allies and raises immediate risks for the economy.  In a global economy, where economic strength and technological leadership are as important to national power as military force, failing to secure cyberspace puts the U.S. at a disadvantage.  When Chinese and Russian intruders apparently left software on networks supporting the U.S. power grid that could be used to compromise electric and water systems, the warnings of the Commission proved true in a real-world way.
Continue Reading U.S. Cyber Security Draws the Attention of the White House and Congress

For the third year in a row, Hunton & Williams LLP has been named the top firm for privacy by Computerworld magazine. In its third annual report on top privacy advisers, the poll surveyed corporate privacy leaders in North America and Europe. The firm was ranked #1 by the respondents overall and by those in the Fortune 1000. When respondents were broken out by industry, Hunton & Williams topped the list as “providing the best privacy advice” in every industry category, including the financial, technology, consumer products and retail, healthcare, media and entertainment, and manufacturing sectors.
Continue Reading Hunton & Williams LLP Voted Top Privacy Advisers for Third Year in Computerworld Poll