Data privacy is the footprint of our existence. It is our persona beyond ourselves, with traces of us scattered from birth certificates, Social Security numbers, shopping patterns, credit card histories, photographs, mugshots and health records. In a digital world, where memory is converted to 0’s and 1’s, then instantly transformed into a reproduction even in 3D, personal data is an urgent personal and collective subject. Those who wish to live anonymous lives must take extraordinary measures to succeed in that improbable quest, while those who hope for friendship or fame through the spread of their personal data must learn how to prevent theft of their identity and bank account.
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The internet in its blooming evolution makes personal data big business – for government, the private sector and denizens of the dark alike. The Data Privacy Detective explores how governments balance the interests of personal privacy with competing needs for public security, public health and other communal goods. It scans the globe for champions, villains, protectors and invaders of personal privacy and for the tools and technology used by individuals, business and government in the great competition between personal privacy and societal good order.
We’ll discuss how to guard our privacy by safeguarding the personal data we want to protect. We’ll aim to limit the access others can gain to your sensitive personal data while enjoying the convenience and power of smartphones, Facebook, Google, EBay, PayPal and thousands of devices and sites. We’ll explore how sinister forces seek to penetrate defenses to access data you don’t want them to have. We’ll discover how companies providing us services and devices collect, use and try to exploit or safeguard our personal data.
And we’ll keep up to date on how governments regulate personal data, including how they themselves create, use and disclose it in an effort to advance public goals in ways that vary dramatically from country to country. For the public good and personal privacy can be at odds. On one hand, governments try to deter terrorist incidents, theft, fraud and other criminal activity by accessing personal data, by collecting and analyzing health data to prevent and control disease and in other ways most people readily accept. On the other hand, many governments view personal privacy as a fundamental human right, with government as guardian of each citizen’s right to privacy. How authorities regulate data privacy is an ongoing balance of public and individual interests. We’ll report statutes, regulations, international agreements and court decisions that determine the balance in favor of one or more of the competing interests. And we’ll explore innovative efforts to transcend government control through blockchain and other technology.
In audio posts of 5 to 10 minutes each, you’ll get tips on how to protect your privacy, updates on government efforts to protect or invade personal data, and news of technological developments that shape the speed-of-bit world in which our personal data resides.
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Episode 110 - Dutch Treatment: The Netherlands & Tech Giants
Tech giants like Google, Apple, and Facebook incur huge Euro fines from European Union data privacy authorities. This is a “stick” approach, perhaps more like a “club,” of forcing EU rules upon global companies, aiming to force tech giants to change data privacy policies and practices to GDPR’s strict demands.
Enter the Netherlands - with a different way of achieving changes in privacy practices through a joint approach. A January 23, 2023 New York Times article by Natasha Singer highlighted the Dutch carrot and teamwork way of getting companies to embrace EU rules without first resort to financial penalties. This podcast considers how the Dutch treatment – an audit and negotiation approach – offers a successful means of boosting personal privacy through collaborative solutions. Tune in for a refreshing example of how data privacy authorities and technology giants can work together to achieve common personal data privacy goals.
New York Times article - How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech (Jan 18, 2023) by Natasha Singer - Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/18/technology/dutch-school-privacy-google-microsoft-zoom.html
00:21 - How the Netherlands has approached GDPR compliance
01:41 - GDPR fines have gotten the attention of Big Tech companies
03:03 - NYT article by Natasha Singer on Dutch approach to Big Tech
07:40 - The Dutch’s different approach of collaboration rather than lawsuits has been effective
Quick Announcement: Data Privacy Detective on Privacy Week Podcast Palooza (Thursday, Jan 26)
The Data Privacy Detective Joe Dehner will be appearing as part of the LinkedIn Live event, "Privacy Week Podcast Palooza."
Tune in on Thursday, January 26 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST: https://www.linkedin.com/video/event/urn:li:ugcPost:7021476486180212738/
Episode 109 - India and Digital Data Protection
A Third Way Emerges - Light Touch
India -soon to be the world’s most populous country, a fast growing economy with a highly sophisticated tech sector. It’s a country with a digital rupee in circulation and digital identity cards. Since independent India has forged an independent path between “east and west.”
About a year ago, the Modi Government withdrew a bill based on Europe’s comprehensive privacy-centric approach to personal data privacy, GDPR. In November 2022, a very different bill was proposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – the Digital Data Protection Act. What caused the change and where is India headed?
In Episode 109, Stephen Mathias of the premier Indian law firm Kochhar & Co explains the new approach. Expected to be adopted by mid-2023 in a final form, it is very different from either the GDPR strict and privacy-centric approach or the U.S. model of sectoral and partial rules without an overarching federal code. India’s will use a “light touch” approach. It will leave many details open to evolving technology and future administrative rule-setting. Explore this very different model for national regulation of data privacy and security.
Episode 108 - Identity Management
Identity management. Learn how an automated approach can defend against the rising tide of data hacks, thefts, ransomware attacks, and other assaults on private information. Kevin Dominik Korte, IT Innovation and Growth Strategist of Univention, explains how an automated approach to login and other steps we take to connect to the internet and intranets can reduce the ability of bad actors to succeed in their attacks on IT systems, large and small.
Traditional identity management is more costly and risk prone than what can be designed into an automated IT system that includes privacy and security by design. Consider how digital identities can be managed to increase security and minimize data breach risk in Episode 108.
Episode 107 - The Meaning of the Headlines
November 2022 saw the largest private data privacy settlement in U.S. history, a huge Irish fine of Meta, the UK’s forging an independent path from the EU, and South Dakota entering US/China foreign relations over TikTok.
Tune in to Episode 107, as the Data Privacy Detective searches monthly for learning from privacy and security developments. As cybercrime grows and governments move from data breach punishment to requiring digital systems to embrace privacy-centric security, consider news from the U.S., EU, UK, Australia, India, and South Korea.
Episode 106 - Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) and Data Privacy
Decentralized identifiers or “DIDs”. Tune in for an exploration how blockchain and pseudonymization can systematically improve data security and increase users’ control over their digital identities.
Our tour guide is Phillip Shoemaker, the Executive Director of identity.com, a non-profit that provides tools for developers to help organizations identify individuals without compromising their security or privacy. Through this approach, enterprises can de-couple personal identities from users, providing instead a separate digital identity for the user that is not linked to a phone number, address, Social Security number, or other means of identifying the user whose data is otherwise at risk.
Learn what individuals can do to urge governments, regulators, and businesses to arm digital systems with defenses that prevent malicious actors to hack masses of personal data that are then used to steal and misuse identities and assets. As standards are being developed for software, IoT devices, and digital infrastructure, consider the role of DIDs as a best practice to be adopted broadly.
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Thank you! What a light in the maze of often mediocre privacy podcasts. Extremely relevant, regular expertise from the podcaster and the great guests he brings on. I like the breakdowns on tech too. My go to and would highly to industry folks and consumers alike.
In a world where privacy is nearly impossible, shows like this serve as a beautiful reminder. This is a must listen!
Deffo recommend this show!