Category Archives: Marty Abrams

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

The Colombia Congress Matters

There seems to be a privacy conference every week in the United States or Europe. However, privacy training and policy development in Latin America is not nearly as well developed as that in the United States and Europe. Latin America has one annual conference that is clearly considered the conference of conferences. It is organized… Continue Reading

We lost A True Mensch – Joe May You Rest In Peace

This weekend Joe Alhadeff passed away after a long bout with cancer. Joe is a founder of the Information Accountability Foundation, just one of a number of organizations that he saw as providing solutions to an increasing complex set of eco-systems.  He has been a colleague of mine for well over a decade.  He was… Continue Reading

Assessments are the Hub of a Forward-Looking Data Protection Program

The term assessments appear a great deal in IAF work. We have written about comprehensive data impact assessments, ethical assessments, digital marketing assessments, Canadian assessments and legitimate interests assessments. All these references are part of the same theme; a family of comprehensive assessments of how data is used and how it impacts individuals is necessary… 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

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

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

IAF Participates in OPC of Canada Stakeholder Meeting

On 6 October, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) convened a stakeholder meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a discussion that included OPC’s strategic privacy priorities for the next five years. In particular, the meeting was part of a dialog on consent and privacy that the OPC launched with the publication of… Continue Reading