US Department of Commerce | Cybersecurity — The US Department of Commerce released a green paper on cybersecurity with recommendations for improving cybersecurity via self regulation, or voluntary codes of conduct. The report, Cybersecurity, Innovation, and the Internet Economy also contains a discussion of some privacy issues, such as the impact of data breach notification laws. Comments are due in 45 days.
Health privacy — The World Privacy Forum filed comments today about how medical records and other health information is intersecting with online advertising and online activities. The WPF comments were filed with the Department of Health and Human Services in response to its request for comments on personal health records, privacy, and social media.
European Privacy Seal — Ixquick.com is the first search engine to receive formal EU privacy approval. The EuroPriSe (European Privacy Seal) was awarded to Ixquick after a lengthy certification process. Ixquick deletes its users\’ IP addresses after 48 hours.
OECD | Fair Information Practices — At a key meeting of the OECD on the future of the Internet economy, the OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria reaffirmed support of the 1980 OECD Privacy Principles. Also, Secretary General Angel Gurria expressed support for formalizing the participation of civil society in OECD going forward and for paying more attention to information security and identity theft problems. Secretary General Gurria noted that “A more decentralised, networked approach to policy formulation for the Internet Economy that includes the active participation of stakeholders needs to be the norm.” Many parts of the recent OECD meeting may be viewed online.
New publication | PHRs and privacy — The World Privacy Forum has published a new legal and policy analysis examining Personal Health Records — or PHRs — and the privacy issues associated with them. This analysis, Personal Health Records: Why Many PHRs Threaten Privacy, was prepared by Robert Gellman for the World Privacy Forum. The analysis finds that significant, serious threats to privacy exist in some PHRs.