Monique Altheim, a New York qualified lawyer, has quickly established her blog, EDiscoveryMap, as a mine of information on matters of personal data, privacy, data transfer and cross-border transfers. I follow her on Twitter as EUDiscovery and EDiscoveryMap which keep me up to date both with her own writing and with other sources.
Monique attended the IAPP International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit 2010 in Washington recently. Many from Europe failed to make it thanks to the volcano. They, and anyone else interested in this topic (judging by Monique’s blog hits, a great many people) ought to look at her blog which, as I write, includes near the top several video interviews with people who are knowledgeable in this area.
One of the key topics at the moment is the implications of the EU’s updates to the standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors and sub-processors in non-EU countries, which change on 15th of May. Other recent posts cover both general and specific points arising in China, France and Germany amongst other jurisdictions.
You can get the flavour of it from a recent post about the fifteen steps it takes to opt out of FaceBook’s Instant Personalisation which ends:
Keep checking every day , for the rest of your life, which new “selected partner” Facebook has added to the list and block those too. Voilà! You have just opted out! Wasn’t that quick & easy?
We have not begun to scratch the surface of the personal data building up in social media sites.
Monique’s site is a good place both for a fast ramp into the many facets of this subject and for continuing awareness.