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#10 — Insurance Industry gets more serious about covering cyber risk

Reinsurance & ILS strengthen adaptability of cyber insurance

The type of cyberattack as seen recently on domain name system (DNS) provider Dyn are expected to become more commonplace, but this scenario highlights how reinsurance and capital markets can assist with the adaptability of cyber insurance as a means of transferring such risk.

#9 Companies will continue to struggle with data subject access rights

Data Subject Access Rights – and the Requirement to Issue a Copy of the Undergoing Processing

As much as Companies understand that they need to confirm whether they process personal data of the individual that issued the request, they oftentimes seem to struggle with the requirement and the meaning of issuing a copy of the underlying processing as stipulated by Art. 15 para. 3 GDPR.

Not only does the wording of Art. 15 GDPR cause ambiguities, the way the wording is construed varies between scholars and the different supervisory authorities.

#8 use of big data for Social Behavior scoring On The Rise

Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020

The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.

#7 increased use of geolocation tracking of individuals heightens privacy concerns

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

Consumers know that apps could track their movements. But as smartphones have become ubiquitous and technology more accurate, an industry of snooping on people’s daily habits has spread and grown more intrusive.

“Location information can reveal some of the most intimate details of a person’s life — whether you’ve visited a psychiatrist, whether you went to an A.A. meeting, who you might date,” said Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who has proposed bills to limit the collection and sale of such data, which are largely unregulated in the United States.

#6 Privacy issues surrounding personalized medicine intensify

Data Sharing For Precision Medicine: Policy Lessons And Future Directions

Data sharing is a precondition of precision medicine.To move toward a more efficient data-sharing ecosystem for precision medicine, policy makers should explore innovative ways to cope with central policy themes such as privacy, consent, and data quality; focus guidance on interoperability, attribution, and public engagement; and promote data-sharing policies that can be adapted to multiple data types.

#5 artificial intelligence Clashes with core Data Privacy Principles

AI Has a Big Privacy Problem and Europe's New Data Protection Law Is About to Expose It

Here’s the issue. Machine learning—the basis of what we call AI—involves algorithms that progressively improve themselves. They do this by feasting on data. The more they consume, the better they get at spotting patterns: speech patterns that make it easier for a bot to sound like a human; visual patterns that help an autonomous car system recognize objects on the road; customer behavior patterns that train a bank’s AI systems to better spot fraud.

All the while, the algorithms evolve themselves beyond the understanding of the people who created them, and the data gets combined with other data in new and mysterious ways.

GDPR, however, has several elements that will make life very difficult for companies building machine learning systems, according to a leading Internet law academic.

#4 EPrivacy regulation adoption in doubt for 2019

The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law

EU countries cannot agree on the wording of the planned new e-Privacy Regulation, causing the proposed reforms to be watered down.The lack of consensus was acknowledged in a progress report (7-page / 327KB PDF) by the Council of Ministers on the work it has been carrying out on the reforms.

#3 future of Cross-border data transfer mechanisms Still In Flux

The Uncertain Future of Cross-Border Data Transfer Mechanisms

Many organizations that transfer data from the European Economic Area (EEA), including the European Union (EU), or Switzerland (which operates as a sovereign nation independent of the EU and EEA) to the United States of America (U.S.) are unaware that several of the cross-border data transfer mechanisms widely in use for EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance are under attack. Standard contractual clauses and the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks are currently used, and were first created, with the intention of meeting the GDPR's requirement that the privacy of cross-border data be "adequately protected", but the continued validity of these mechanisms is uncertain.

#2 Ethics and data privacy go hand in Hand

Data Ethics is Playing an Increasingly Important Role In Data Privacy but It is not Cut-and-Dry

Privacy professionals find themselves in an age where data ethics have become part of the global conversation, receiving unprecedented attention worldwide. While companies amass data on consumers worldwide, a recurring issue involves how that data is analyzed and utilized to drive innovation. Data ethics is an overarching that encompasses data privacy and the appropriate/proper use of individualized information.

#1 increased effort by tech industry to shape privacy laws

Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms

Lobbying groups and trade associations, including several representing the tech industry, immediately started pushing for a litany of deep changes that they say would make the law easier to implement before it goes into effect in January 2020. But privacy advocates worry that pressure from powerful businesses could end up gutting the law completely.