Author Archives: Martin Abrams

IAF Policy Call

The ePrivacy Regulation may swallow any flexibility built into the GDPR.  What does mean for effective data protection governance and the ability for companies to build value by thinking with data?  Does the adequacy drive from Latin America cause additional disruption?  Will the International conference in Hong Kong bring balance back to global discussions?  Join… Continue Reading

AI Without Data is Artificial Ignorance

Many years ago, I attended a seminar in Prague on the state of credit scoring in numerous locations in what had been Soviet Europe.  I was taken aback by the stretch to find any data that would facilitate the growth of consumer markets through credit.  This followed a session on credit scoring at the International… Continue Reading

Comprehensive Data Impact Assessments Set the Stage for Accountability 2.0

There is no disagreement, whether in Europe, the Americas or Asia, that a fully connected world requires those that think and act with data to demonstrate that their processing of data is legal, fair and just.  Demonstration requires comprehensive data impact assessments that help organizations discover the issues for all stakeholders. Discovery of issues helps… Continue Reading

Fairness and Unfairness Moving Farther Apart

Fairness has become a huge data protection policy driver in Europe and the Americas.  Fairness is often hard to define in definitive terms, but the parameters of fairness are well known.  A fair data application creates identifiable value for individuals, mitigates risks to those individuals, and confirms the data is used within the context of… Continue Reading

Alexa, Observation and Practical Solutions

Sitting in our family room is a little disk that answers to Alexa that joined us on Christmas day.  She (it?) sits there quietly asleep until someone calls her name.  Then she wakes up and does our bidding.  It is typically mundane things such as turning on the lights or finding music.  One might argue… Continue Reading

IAF Policy Call on Research as a Legal Basis to Process

Thinking with data, the discovery of new insights through the processing of large diverse data sets, has already become a driver of innovation. One of the truly remarkable outcomes of the European Data Protection Regulation, is a liberalization of data for research. Is research essentially a new “legal basis” to process data? Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and… Continue Reading

IAF Announces International Advisory Board

The Information Accountability Foundation is truly international in its focus. As such, it relies heavily on non-U.S. supporters who provide insight and in-kind services that make its international programs so successful. To that end, the IAF has created an International Advisory Board comprised of members of its family that go well beyond just financial support.… Continue Reading

Trust Deficits, Bright Lines and Verification

Freight trains heading through a tunnel are pretty hard to miss. The equivalent of a freight train in the world of privacy is a privacy trust deficit related to information use in an observational age driven by analytics. The many, many indicators that have piled up over the recent days, weeks and months are coming… Continue Reading

Observation, Values, Effective Data Protection and Digital Accountability

We are in the midst of an explosion in the generation of observational data that feeds artificial intelligence, big data, and the operation of the ever expanding Internet of Things. In 2007, when I began working on big data, the pundits claimed we would have a doubling of data created reaching 5 Exabytes per year.… Continue Reading

Big Data Ecosystem, Fairness and Enforcement

Big data has become an increasingly scary phrase for all stakeholders in data protection. For privacy advocates, it often means loss of control, asymmetrical power and hidden discrimination. For regulators, it often means regulatory round pegs in operational holes of different sizes, in constantly moving locations, with mismatches that begin with vocabulary. For companies, it… Continue Reading