Showing Blog Posts: 1–9 of 9 by Sam Pfeifle

Sam Pfeifle

Sam Pfeifle

Content Director, International Association of Privacy Professionals

  • Tackling Accountability in Asia

    by Sam Pfeifle on July 17, 2018

    Many of us probably use the term often in our personal and professional lives: accountability. Who doesn’t value accountability? In my travels, I have found that Asian cultures, specifically, incorporate accountability into ideas of honor and responsibility. It is a point of pride in the business-world to be able to say that, yes, that was my job and if it wasn’t done well, it was my fault and I…

  • Cross-border Data Flows in Asia: The State of Play

    by Sam Pfeifle on May 3, 2018

    While much of the world is focused on the privacy developments in Europe, where the General Data Protection Regulation is sucking much of the oxygen from the room, Asia has quietly been very busy, indeed, on the privacy front. Hong Kong hosted the most recent privacy commissioners’ conference; the Philippines data protection authority has quickly grown into new voice on the global stage; and…

  • Privacy in Singapore: A Light, If Frequent, Touch

    by Sam Pfeifle on July 12, 2017

    In January, the Personal Data Protection Commission in Singapore will celebrate its fifth anniversary. While any number of privacy regulators have popped up since the PDPC’s establishment – from the Philippines’ to Japan’s to Ghana’s – it’s still easy to think of Singapore as a relatively young governing body. The Personal Data Protection Act didn’t even come into full effect until July 2, 2014. …

  • India’s Evolving Privacy Culture

    by Sam Pfeifle on June 16, 2017

    As a global hub of outsourcing work, companies based in India handle and process personal data from around the world on a regular basis. And there is a robust and growing digital economy in India, with all of the attendant privacy risks. So, why is it that you almost never hear about privacy and data protection issues arising from India? Essentially, it’s because it’s unclear whose job it is to…

  • Hong Kong Looks to Take a Global Privacy Leadership Role

    by Sam Pfeifle on May 4, 2017

    This fall, at the end of September, the International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners will kick off in Hong Kong, bringing the world’s regulators together for the 39th time. It’s no coincidence that Hong Kong will play host. In Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Stephen Wong, Hong Kong has a motivated and active privacy enforcer looking to be a leader on the global…

  • Japan Looks to Join the Global Data Community

    by Sam Pfeifle on April 10, 2017

    While the island may have an historical reputation for isolationism, Japan is unquestionably a world economic power. It is the third largest economy in the world, by raw gross domestic product, and generates more than six percent of the world’s economic activity. However, to maintain that status, Japan understands that it needs to modernize its treatment of personal data. Thus, Japan in 2015…

  • FCC Privacy Rules Rollback Presents an Opportunity

    by Sam Pfeifle on April 3, 2017

    For those of us in the privacy community, the headlines this week have been a little shrill. “For Sale: Your Privacy Browsing History,” for example. Or perhaps, “How the Republicans Sold Your Privacy to Internet Providers.” That second one is by Tom Wheeler, the democratic Federal Communications Commission Chairman who lost his job when Trump ascended to the presidency. And it’s understandable…

  • As Usual, New Technology Means New Privacy Considerations

    by Sam Pfeifle on January 28, 2017

    The financial services industry is certainly no stranger to privacy regulations. In fact, most people point to the Fair Credit Reporting Act as the first real privacy regulation with teeth in the world. So, you’d think people would have sorted out how to comply by now, right? Well, sometimes it’s not so easy. New technological capabilities are changing the way we think about “credit scoring” and…

  • Ever Heard of Cross-Border Privacy Rules? You Will

    by Sam Pfeifle on July 7, 2016

    Hopefully, if you’re working at a business in a country that touches the Pacific Ocean, you’ve heard of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. No? Well, they’re a group of 22 nations, including everyone from the United States and Canada to Japan and Singapore to China and Australia, focused on making commerce amongst the nations easier for everyone involved. Part of that work involves e-commerce…

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