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Walmart partners with Google on voice-activated shopping

The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Lego for voice shopping through Google Assistant starting next month.

Obstacles to people using the devices to shop are cost and privacy. A little more than six in 10 people are concerned that these virtual assistants are spying on them.

Source: Walmart partners with Google on voice-activated shopping – Business – CBC News

Businesses can obtain a ‘competitive advantage’ if they ‘get data protection right’

Businesses can obtain a “competitive advantage” if they “get data protection right”, a senior official at the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.

Source: Businesses can obtain a ‘competitive advantage’ if they ‘get data protection right’, says watchdog

Retailers’ web tracking can expose ‘real world identity’ of bitcoin users

Consumers who elect to pay for goods and services online using the cryptocurrency ‘bitcoin’ can have their identities exposed when online retailers use cookies or device fingerprinting technologies, according to a new study.

Source: Retailers’ web tracking can expose ‘real world identity’ of bitcoin users, US study finds

Germany Publishes English Version of its National GDPR Implementation Act 

The German Ministry of Interior affairs has published an English translation of the new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). On 27 April 2017 the German Parliament passed the BDSG in order to make use of the opening clause provided for in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Source: Germany Publishes English Version of its National GDPR Implementation Act | HL Chronicle of Data Protection

Podcast: Crisis Management After a Data Breach

In the latest edition of our Legal Talk Network Digital Detectives podcast , John and I were lucky to snag guest Brian Wommack, who leads the strategic communications practice of Cameron LLP, often advising on high-profile and high-stakes matters including cyber intrusion and data breach contingency planning and response.

Source: Podcast: Crisis Management After a Data Breach

Liberty and Security in the Proposed Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017

On August 1, Sens. Mark Warner and Cory Gardner introduced the “Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017.” The goal of the legislation according to its sponsors is to establish “minimum security requirements for federal procurements of connected devices.” Pointing to the growing number of connected devices and their use in prior cyber-attacks, the sponsors aims to provide flexible requirements that limit the vulnerabilities of such networks.

Source: Liberty and Security in the Proposed Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017

Why privacy pros should check out NIST’s new workforce framework

In early August, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, which is led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), released a new version of its Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The publication is informed by stakeholders from government, academia and the private sector to promote an ecosystem of cybersecurity and privacy education and training.

Source: Why privacy pros should check out NIST’s new workforce framework

‘Smart’ and autonomous vehicle cyber guidance

On 6 August 2017, in advance of proposed legislation, the UK government published 8 ‘Key Principles’ regarding the cyber security of connected and autonomous vehicles. This is the third of a series of 4 blogs regarding those principles.

Source: ‘Smart’ and autonomous vehicle cyber guidance: Board level accountability

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