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Technology Podcast Series on Privacy Issues

Hear what the trailblazers of the privacy profession — chief privacy officers of the world’s largest companies, leaders of government privacy agencies, directors of privacy research centers — think are the biggest trends in data privacy, cybersecurity, and regulation at the intersection of business and technology.


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Michael Duff, Chief Information Security Officer at Stanford University, looks at how incidents of security breaches – including three real-life examples from his own experience – are catalysts to accomplishing cybersecurity goals. By going through the steps used by the hackers, they discuss how organizations can protect themselves. They also discuss the three areas where investment is most effective in addressing cyberattacks:  prevention, detection and resilience. 


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Joe Grundfest, Professor of Law and Director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School and former Commissioner of the SEC, discusses when and how boards of directors need to become involved with cybersecurity issues. They discuss the need for one or two members of the board to have a “minimal footprint” – be sufficiently conversant – in cybersecurity, while still seeking advice from  an outside advisor and how boards should go through tabletop exercises of potential breaches to plug holes in their cybersecurity defenses.  


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Renard Francois, Global Chief Privacy Officer at General Electric, discusses the particular privacy issues inherent in a Fortune 100 global organization and GE’s focus on strategy, incidence response and compliance. He also discusses the challenges of keeping up with data localization issues; the large industry trends in privacy and how technology tends to outpace regulation.

 

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Kalinda Raina, head of Global Privacy at LinkedIn, discusses the challenge in both protecting private information while still giving people the ability to control their public information.  She also discusses how different cultures value anonymity versus openness; how our digital footprint documents our identity and the obligation of privacy and security to understand each other. 


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Jack Yang, Chief Privacy Officer at Visa, discusses treating data as an asset; how the principles of consent, notice and choice are common to both the US and EU privacy regulations; and more generally, privacy as a practice area. 


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Mike Hintze, Chief Privacy Counsel, Microsoft, discusses how privacy issues impact almost everything at Microsoft – from HR data and sales and marketing to the online components of every one of their products; the convergence – if any – of privacy regimes between the US and Europe, and how our fundamental human need for privacy remains even as our concerns change in response to changes in the technology. 


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Jim Adler, Head of Data, Toyota Research Institute, discusses the technical, privacy, data protection, and security issues and challenges surrounding the use of connected and self-driving cars. These products depend on lots of data to operate effectively, and it is important that drivers have control and transparency on the data collected regarding their driving behavior.


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Jim Dempsey, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, former Vice President for Public Policy with the Center for Democracy and Technology, former Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies and former Assistant Counsel on the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, discusses how lawyers today need to be conversant in technology, what general counsel need to worry about when they are informed of a potential breach, government access to privacy data, trans-border privacy issues and the potential for  the Internet of Things to influence the principles of user control and collection limitations.


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Malita Barkataki, Policy Compliance Director at Yahoo!, discusses how privacy considerations are built into Yahoo!’s products at the outset, whether positive sum privacy is really achievable without caveats and how the European privacy discussion differs from the US.


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Ian Glazer, Senior Director of Identity at Salesforce, discusses how identity management helps answer the question as to who has access to what data and how to think about the flow of a customer’s information. As Ian describes it, if privacy is the “steak,” then identity management is “the seasoning” so the best job an identity professional can do is when you don’t know they’re there. 

 

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Scott Shipman, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Sensity Systems and former CPO for eBay, discusses privacy concerns as citizens park or walk through a city, the difference in response to municipal privacy concerns between US and European cities, and educating people that technology can frequently be used to alleviate privacy concerns.

 

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Alexandra Ross, Global Privacy and Data Security Counsel at AutoDesk and founder of the blog, The Privacy Guru, and former director and associate general counsel for privacy compliance for Wal-Mart, discusses the privacy concerns involved in moving her company’s software from the desktop to the cloud, exactly what are a customer’s expectations in the definition of “personal information,” what technology companies need to know as they build out their controls and her role as a “privacy champion.”

 

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Jane Reeves, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Compliance at Thomson Reuters, discusses the ways a major global information solutions company works to meet expectations of regulators, clients and employees, how finding “champions of privacy” within an organization is key to managing the privacy function, the effects of the EU General Data Protection Regulations and what privacy colleagues really know about security (and vice versa).

 

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Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, former commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and former Chief Privacy Officer for DoubleClick and AOL, discusses the path to finding harmony between companies having data, individuals having control over data and trying to innovate without going too far; the need for a nuanced approach in defining personal information and the question of ethics in privacy; and the huge challenges in getting the balance right.

 

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JoAnn Covington, Sr. Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Rocket Fuel, Inc., discusses how privacy concerns impact advertising technology companies and the importance of educating the consumer about what they know – and don’t know – about the people behind the browser.

 

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Ann Cavoukian, the inventor of Privacy by Design, former Information and Privacy Commissioner for Ontario, Canada and current Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University (Toronto), discusses the genesis of the pioneering concept of Privacy by Design, the need to work toward “positive sum” solutions and how big data and the internet of things is changing the privacy landscape in unanticipated ways.

 

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Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer of Cisco, and former CPO of Intel Security and Sun Microsystems, discusses whether the EU-US Privacy Shield can save the day and if the US and EU privacy regimes are converging, the relationship between privacy and security, and the importance of encryption.

 

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