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Privacy concerns grow across industries

As collection of personal data accelerates in retail, healthcare and schools, consumers are increasingly aware, and concerned about its use. Uber's breach illustrates the vulnerabilities, which is why new tech solutions and responsible  regulation matter so much.

--Susan Raab, Editor

 

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Privacy-preserving tech gains top-tier funding

Aphersis raises €2.5M for privacy-safe data sharing

Aphersis, which ensures secure, private data collaboration and analysis for global pharma, manufacturing and telecom companies, has just received seed funding from top-tier investors, including Twitter's board chair. The company uses decentralized computing, federated learning and cryptographic protocols to make it possible to share highly sensitive data.

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Hackers paid to keep massive breach secret

Uber's former security chief charged with data breach cover up

The California United States Attorney and FBI brought obstruction of justice charges against Uber's former CSO for concealing a security breach that revealed PII associated with 57 million users and drivers. In a warning to other companies, the announcement stated, "We expect prompt reporting of criminal conduct. We will not tolerate corporate cover-ups".

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IT'S THE LAW

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has updated its U.S. state privacy law comparison chart to show what's in, what's out, and what to watch for.

CONSUMERS SUPPORT HEALTHCARE PRIVACY REGULATION; MISTRUST COMPANY DATA USE

A new survey by W2O, a leader in healthcare analytics, found that 82% of U.S. consumers feel the government should regulate when and how health information is shared.  Seventy percent believe that companies are currently collecting, storing and saving their health data without their knowledge.

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PRIVACY LAWS CITED BY SOME WHO WANT TO COVER UP SCHOOL COVID CASES

The New York Times reports that some U.S. schools that don't want to report COVID-19 data are using HIPPA and FERPA privacy laws as an excuse. Neither law would require withholding such data as long as it didn't contain personal information, and such a decision would pose a health risk to families and communities. 

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NEW GLOSSARY OF PRIVACY MARKETING TERMS  

Beginning this issue, we'll link to our new Marketing Privacy Glossary as laws and terms get referenced. If you have glossary suggestion for us, please send here.

 

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