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GDPR and the End of the Internet’s Grand Bargain

The following is an excerpt of an article published by Harvard Business Review on April 9, 2018. “For now, GDPR, which replaces previous EU mandates on data collection and use, differs significantly from U.S. law, pushing the two regions further apart in their approaches to regulating the digital economy. “The…

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These 6 Nonprofits Are Leading on Data Privacy

Weeks ago, Lucy Bernholz alluded to an onslaught of privacy updates from providers working toward GDPR compliance. Digital Impact is following what popular web platforms are doing (and not doing) to ensure data privacy. We also think it’s helpful to see how the social sector is leading the charge. Here…

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Facebook, GDPR, and Winning Back the Public Trust

Facebook has pledged its commitment to transparency, control, and accountability throughout its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparation process. According to Facebook’s GDPR guide, “Data protection is central to the Facebook Companies. We comply with current EU data protection law, and will comply with the GDPR.” Facebook’s preparations are supported…

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Cybersecurity Must Be a Top Priority for Nonprofits

When business ethics and governance expert Lucy P. Marcus calls data breaches “an artifact of modern indifference,” she’s alluding to how “companies, regardless of size or sector, need to recognize their responsibility … to be vigilant and proactive about securing their data and systems.” Marcus admits that while the threat…

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Two Reasons Why the GDPR Matters Everywhere

Have you noticed an uptick of emails from companies like Slack, Google, or PayPal, announcing new privacy policies and terms and conditions? Why the sudden onslaught of updates? The answer is easy. The companies sending these notices are changing their policies to meet the requirements of the European Union’s General…

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Let’s Talk about Applying the GDPR in the United States

The following is an excerpt of an article published by Vox on April 12, 2018. “While online rights are coming into question, it’s worth considering how those will overlap with offline rights and civic engagement. “The two may initially seem completely separate, but democracy itself depends on information and communication,…

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Can ICANN Bring WHOIS into line with GDPR?

The following is a paraphrased excerpt of an article published by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) on April 4, 2018. In February, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published a new temporary model for WHOIS that substantially modifies the philosophy of the service. WHOIS lists…

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Companies Respond To GDPR By Blocking EU Users

Mike Masnick, editor of the Techdirt blog, says the scramble of companies to comply with GDPR could lead to a large number of lawsuits in the coming years. “While some consultants have cleaned up in helping companies become what they hope is ‘compliant,’ some companies have realized it’s just too…

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GDPR Will ‘Forever Change’ Marketing, Say Digital Governance Experts

Digital experts Elie Auvray and Kristina Podnar have authored a 35-page guide for understanding GDPR and creating a plan for May 25, 2018 and beyond. Included in the guide are who is covered and what is different about the law, differences between B2B and B2C companies, types of exempt personal…

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Data Processor or Data Controller: What Am I and Why Does It Matter?

What is a data processor, what is a data controller, and what are their duties under the GDPR? To help professionals fully understand their obligations and promote good practice, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) prepared a 20-page guidance on the differences and governance implications of the two vital roles. “As…

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