#AceNewsReport – May.18: EPIC recently hosted the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications in Washington, DC. Twice a year, the Berlin-based Working Group convenes data protection authorities and privacy experts from around the world to develop recommendations on emerging privacy challenges.
For this meeting, EPIC submitted the report detailing privacy developments in the United States. EPIC’s report discussed the revised immigration order and the executive order limiting Privacy Act protections; the congressional repeal of the FCC’s broadband privacy rules; the introduction of the Security and Privacy in Your Car Act of 2017; and the potential Department of Homeland Security requirement that foreign travelers turn over social media passwords.
EPIC also updated the Working Group on the ongoing investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Election. EPIC has filed three Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain information about Russian interference in the election.
EPIC’s country report also informed the Working Group of recent developments concerning recent data breaches and settlements, including the Yahoo data breach, in which more than one billion accounts were compromised; a breach at the Navy, where sensitive information on more than 130,000 sailors was compromised; and the FTC’s recent $2.2 million settlement against VIZIO, a smart TV manufacturer who had been tracking consumers viewing habits without their knowledge or consent.
The Working Group met for two days and discussed topics such as connected cars, privacy on e-learning platforms, security updates for connected devices, data retention and web tracking. The Group recently issued recommendations on topics including Biometrics in Online Authentication, Location Tracking, and Intelligent Video Analytics. The IWG meeting was held at the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute. Through June 2016 the Institut is presenting the “Plurality of Privacy Project,” a transatlantic theater project focused on the value of privacy. EPIC previously hosted a meeting of the IWG in Washington, DC, in 2004. The group will meet again in France in the fall.
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