By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-8-20

Given the almost daily news about a new security breach, it is impossible to conclude that the tech industry is doing enough to protect privacy.

That was the message from Democratic Federal Trade Commission member Rebecca Slaughter at a Chief Privacy Officer roundtable at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.  She said it would not make much sense to draw that conclusion.

But while that general conclusion is pretty straightforward, Slaughter told her tech company audience, what to do about it can not be generalized.  She said that is very company-specific and industry-specific and practice specific, and to protect not just from today’s harms but ones that can be “downstream” but a result of current practices.

Jane Horvath, Apple’s top privacy officer, agreed that the tech industry can never say that it is doing enough to protect privacy, but said that Apple was focused on privacy by design and had the buy in of its top management.  “We should always be doing more,” she said.  “We always have to be pushing the envelope.”  » Read More