Latest Privacy News

News on digital privacy and data protection.

It's now old news, but Equifax, one of the big 3 credit reporting agencies got hacked earlier this year and the hackers got away with the personal information of about 143 million people in the US and Canada.

Like most companies who have had a "data breach" Equifax is (as of this writing) offering free credit monitoring services.

Not sure what to do or how do do it?  Study your options:

The Federal Trade Commission has posted a "what-to-do" page on its website that offers a good layman's step-by-step guide to your options. They allow people to comment, and a lot of... Read more

Alex Alben's talk on privacy and the internet of things at the Digital Government Summit in LA last week covered a fun bunch of topics, including differences between the German and US recommendations on dealing with voice-recording toys, the origin of privacy in US law, and the paradox of new risks and old regulations on the internet.

Intriqued?  Watch the video:


Meeting Today’s Privacy and Security Challenges -- Alex Alben from WaTech on Vimeo.

The Privacy Office will offer another in our recurring series of introductory privacy training classes on August 17th at 10:00-11:30 am, at the WaTech headquarters building, 1500 Jefferson Street SE, Olympia, WA

We do these quarterly, and each class covers a mix of fundamentals and new topics of concern.

State employees who'd like to register can do so via the state's learning management system and the class will be added to their training records.  Certificates are also available upon request.

Please click here to register, or search for "Privacy: an Introduction... Read more

KUOW used a small chunk of Alex's TVW interview for another, shorter story:  (link)

Here's what caught their attention

“Alben envisions a new consumer bill of rights specifically to protect digital or online privacy. He said one element of this new law should be something called “consent in context”—an idea that’s catching fire in Europe.

“If you’re going to use my data for a purpose that I didn’t know about or I didn’t think about, you have to come back to me and then say ‘I want to use this data in another way, do I have your consent?’” Alben said.

TVW's show "Inside Olympia" carried an in-depth discussion with Alex Alben yesterday.  Here's the link. It's a great, broad-ranging exploration of policy and technology issues in Olympia, including:

Federal rule changes allow your ISP to sell your browsing history Toys that listen to your kids and inform the manufacturer New laws in WA protecting "biometric" data and requiring consent



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