In May the Privacy Coalition met with AccessNow’s European Policy Manager, Fanny Hidvegi, and AccessNow’s Senior Policy Analyst, Estelle Massé to discuss the privacy and data protection developments in the EU including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the ePrivacy reform, and proposals for cross border law enforcement access.
The Privacy Coalition met with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Acting Privacy Officer, Lauren Berkebile, and Acting Assistant Director for Information Governance and Privacy, Amber Smith. The Privacy Coalition discussed with the ICE privacy officials the DACA program, the extreme vetting initiative, and the collection of social media information.
The Privacy Coalition met with EU Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli in March. The focus of the discussion was on the recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica news, the passage of the CLOUD Act, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)–which becomes enforceable on May 25, 2018.
Sam Kaplan, DHS’s new Chief Privacy Officer, and Deputy Chief Privacy OfficerJonathan Cantor met with the Privacy Coalition today. Mr. Kaplan discussed DHS’s biometric entry/exit program, the agency’s increased collection of social media identifiers, and the protection of DACA data among other issues.
In a letter to DHS Secretary Kelly and Attorney General Sessions, a coalition of more than 25 open government organizations expressed concerns about the lawfulness and objectivity of data practices under several recent immigration Executive Orders. Official memos reveal the Orders are being implemented in “manner that is unlawful and inconsistent with federal information quality guidelines, raising serious privacy, transparency, and accountability concerns.” The coalition urged Secretary Kelly and the Attorney General to align data practices with privacy safeguards, open data, and data quality requirements. “Public data allows the public to hold its government accountable –
A coalition of children’s advocates have filed a comment opposing petitions that ask the FCC to revoke its broadband privacy rules. The coalition urged the FCC to retain rules that treat children’s data, web browsing histories, and app usage data as sensitive and to retain opt-in requirements for all categories of sensitive information.