Gaga for Privacy in D.C. and Dublin is the New Black
April 28, 2017 – Todd Ruback
The latest privacy news from D.C., Dublin, and around the world.
It was great to see so many friends and fellow privacy nerds in D.C. last week at the IAPP Privacy Summit, which continues to be the industry’s landmark event each year. I tip my hat to the amazing IAPP crew that worked so hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. A huge congratulations is due both Marc Groman and Ted Dean as the well-deserved recipients of the IAPP 2017 Leadership Award. We’re in good hands with these two leading the privacy charge in the Federal government. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t also give a shout out to Brendon Lynch, this year’s recipient of the IAPP Vanguard Award, ostensibly the highest honor in our wonderful profession. IAPP CEO and President Trevor Hughes said it best, namely that “No one exemplifies excellence in our field in a greater magnitude than Brendon Lynch.” Congratulations Brendon and well done.
In other noteworthy news, Ireland in general and Dublin specifically, is fast becoming the place to be in the privacy world. Helen Dixon, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, recently gave a spot-on overview of the practical business implications of the GDPR, underscoring that the new data protection law will require a systemic shift in the way many organizations conduct business. And next week, on May 3, Dublin will host an important data protection conference, Dublin DataSec 2017 where Ms. Dixon will provide her insight on a range of critical topics underpinned by privacy. I’ll also be there chiming in about creative ways technology can help organizations be transparent with their consumers and why the GDPR says that’s a good thing.
In digital news, there’s been a flurry of activity with beginning with the announcement that Oracle acquired fast-growing Moat, a digital measurement company, reportedly for approximately $800 million. Also, SafeGraph, a startup data management platform reportedly will receive $16 million in Series A investment to help launch its first product, which will track and analyze human movement in public places. In other industry related news, it’s been reported that Google is considering a launch of an ad-blocking feature in its Chrome browser that in theory could filter certain types of advertisements that are deemed unacceptable. It isn’t clear what standards will be used to determine the acceptability of ads, or whether Google will even proceed with this new ad blocking functionality. However, the rumor itself is what is newsworthy, with some already arguing that such a feature would improve the consumer experience by objectively weeding out irritating ads. Others argue, however, that if Google could filter digital advertisements then result will be even greater market control and consolidation and less competition. This all may ultimately prove academic, however, since it’s not even certain that Google will go this route.
In Evidon news, be sure to check out my new piece in Martech Today for my GDPR sanity check for the marketing technology sector. We’re in countdown mode and martech needs to be part of the overall GDPR solution. Also, as I mentioned above, if you’ll be in Dublin next week, stop by the Dublin Datasec 2017 data protection conference to cheer me on. Also, our CEO, Scott Meyer is speaking on GDPR and ePrivacy at the Appnexus Summit in London on Thursday 4th May. See you there I hope.
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