Recorded at the Privacy Laws & Business 24th Annual International Conference: Aligning privacy accountability with your business strategy – 11 – 13 July, Cambridge, UK
Speaking at the Hope X conference taking place in New York this weekend, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden put out a call for developers to build systems that protect privacy and constitutional rights by design. He also revealed his own intention to work on developing privacy protecting technology.
It has been almost 20 years since I developed the concept of Privacy by Design (PbD). Reflecting on the widespread acceptance it currently enjoys within the public and private sectors, as well as its endorsement by the International Association of Data Protection Authorities and Privacy Commissioners, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the European Union and privacy professionals, is particularly gratifying.
An accountability-based regulatory structure is one where organizations are charged with societal objectives, such as using information in a manner that maintains individual autonomy and protecting the individual from social, financial and physical harms that might come from the mismanagement of information, while leaving the actual mechanisms for achieving those objectives to the organization. One of the best conceptual models for building in the types of controls suggested by Professor Schwartz is Privacy by Design.