Category Archives: Accountability

IAF Takes Education to the Enforcement Agencies

The Information Accountability Foundation (IAF) held a seminar with and for the Colombia Superintendent of Industry and Commerce (SIC) on March 7, 2018 that was attended by 35 members of the SIC data protection staff. The seminar is a continuation of the IAF’s Digital University that takes the IAF’s research directly to policymakers and implementers. The SIC is the data protection enforcement agency in Colombia.

Maria Claudia Caviedes Mejia, SIC Deputy Superintendent, and Martin Abrams

The seminar focused on accountability as a guiding principle for effective data protection in an observational age. SIC published a guidance circular in 2015 on accountability that emphasized the role of accountability in a data protection program. The seminar purpose was to provide additional substance on how the accountability principle works in effect.

The IAF team included Martin Abrams, IAF executive director, Scott Taylor from Merck, Victoria Anzola from Segge, and Jose Alejandro Bermudez from Bermudez Legal.

Abrams presented on the Essential Elements of Accountability and their meaning in a data era where observation and analytics play a prominent role. He was followed by Taylor who spoke on governance and the questions a regulator might ask to measure the presence of an accountability based program. Victoria Anzola, who runs a Colombia based consultancy for SMEs, discussed how accountability is implemented in smaller enterprises. Bermudez discussed accountability in a South American context. The program closed with a second Abrams presentation on the key role accountability plays when data is available across borders.

The IAF is a non-profit whose charitable purpose is research and education. It is the incorporation of the Global Accountability Dialogue that facilitated the Essential Elements of Accountability. The Digital University is a proactive initiative to take IAF research and objective content of how digital processes actually work for the sole purpose of informing policymaker and implementer audiences. It is predicated on the notion that government and regulatory agencies often do not have the budget to attend educational conferences and that knowledge needs to be taken to them. The IAF and Digital University operate in all regions and actively collaborate with other organisations interested in informed information policy. For more information about IAF and Digital University, contact Martin Abrams at mabrams@informationaccountability.org.

Accountability Does Work

143,000,000 people were the victims of a recent data breach when their data was stolen from Equifax, a company that has an obligation to keep their data safe. Data security is tough. The bad guys only need to be successful once, while companies need to win every time. However, from the perspective of many consumers,… Continue Reading

Latin American Data Export Governance

Data flows are global, but privacy laws are local. I first uttered that statement in the last century during initial discussions on whether the United States had adequate privacy protection as defined by the 1995 European Union Data Protection Directive. At the time, I argued that privacy protections in the United States were a mosaic… Continue Reading

Europe Sets the Standard – Other Regions Follow

Europe Sets the Standard – Other Regions Follow The Ibero-American Data Protection Network (“network”) adopted “Standards for Personal Data Protection for Ibero-American States“ (“SPDP”) on June 20, 2017 at its meeting in Santiago, Chile, with the official English translation now available. Most data protection experts have predicted that the adequacy provisions of the European General… Continue Reading

The Need for An Ethical Framework

The vast amount of data made possible and accessible through today’s information technologies, and the ever-increasing analytical capabilities of this data, are unlocking tremendous insights that are enabling new solutions to health challenges, business models, personalization and benefits to individuals and society. At the same time, new risks to individuals can be created. Against this… Continue Reading

Detailed Overview of the Effective Data Protection Governance Framework and Components—A Data- and Use-Based Approach

In the Information Accountability Foundations blog in Sept, the Effective Data Protection Governance (EDPG) project was introduced. The EDPG proposes a re-alignment of responsibilities, the introduction of new obligations and a different way to think about obligations for each participant in increasingly complex information ecosystems. The objective the framework is to better align responsibilities while… Continue Reading

IAF/FPF Side Event at ICDPPC – 18 October 2016

Technology, Challenges and Effective Governance Side Event, Co-Hosted by Future of Privacy Forum and IAF DATE: 18 October 2016 TIME: 14.15 to 16.15 LOCATION: Roseraie Room, Conference Center of the Palmeraie Golf Palace EVENT: 38th International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference ADMISSION: To register for this event, contact us at info@informationaccountability.org, or RSVP via… Continue Reading

Accountability in an Observational, Analytics-Driven Digital Economy

Since a multi-stakeholder group first defined them in 2009, the essential elements of accountability have become well established in the field of data protection. These elements are reflected in guidance from data protection and privacy authorities in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Colombia and France. They have been adopted as key elements in the European General… Continue Reading

IAF Holds Brainstorming Event on Ethics, Created Data, AI and Accountability

On 13 September, IAF held its Annual Brainstorming Meeting. HP Inc. hosted the event. This year’s sessions focused on ethics and data protection, created data and accountability, and artificial intelligence and governance. Below are documents related to the meeting and photos of the event. Meeting Documents Brainstorming Session Agenda Session Attendee List Background Reading IAF… Continue Reading

Autonomy and Fair Processing: Proportioning the Governance

The free flow of data to facilitate individual, business and societal needs as well as to facilitate the protection of individuals to whom the data pertains has always required proportionality. That proportionality is demonstrated in privacy law that protects both individual autonomy and fair processing. The constant evolution of information and communications technologies further emphasises… Continue Reading