Privacy Please

Ep. 25 - Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna, Senior Counsel Future of Privacy Forum & Bob Eckman, CISO, Kent State University

July 08, 2020 Season 1 Episode 25
Privacy Please
Ep. 25 - Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna, Senior Counsel Future of Privacy Forum & Bob Eckman, CISO, Kent State University
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Privacy Please
Ep. 25 - Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna, Senior Counsel Future of Privacy Forum & Bob Eckman, CISO, Kent State University
Jul 08, 2020 Season 1 Episode 25

In this week's special, two-guest episode of Privacy Please, we invited on Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (Senior Counsel) and Bob Eckman (CISO) of Kent State University. We learn about each of their stories, and how they landed where they are today. We then dissect an article Gabriela wrote called ‘GDPR - Analysis, and Guidance for US Higher Education Institutions’. Then we discuss identifying data flows, retention schedules, who gets these assignments for organizations, guilty pleasures, what three questions Bob would ask his dog Toby if he could talk, and much, much more! https://fpf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/FPF_GDPR-Report-Final.pdf

This was such a good episode even for anyone outside of universities because it really gets you thinking differently about data privacy in general. Please don't miss this one and don't forget to share, subscribe, and enjoy! 

-Cam


Show Notes Transcript

In this week's special, two-guest episode of Privacy Please, we invited on Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (Senior Counsel) and Bob Eckman (CISO) of Kent State University. We learn about each of their stories, and how they landed where they are today. We then dissect an article Gabriela wrote called ‘GDPR - Analysis, and Guidance for US Higher Education Institutions’. Then we discuss identifying data flows, retention schedules, who gets these assignments for organizations, guilty pleasures, what three questions Bob would ask his dog Toby if he could talk, and much, much more! https://fpf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/FPF_GDPR-Report-Final.pdf

This was such a good episode even for anyone outside of universities because it really gets you thinking differently about data privacy in general. Please don't miss this one and don't forget to share, subscribe, and enjoy! 

-Cam


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Cameron Ivey: Alright ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to privacy, please. I am your host Cameron IV and with me as always is Gabe gums today we have an awesome episode, we have two special guests.

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Cameron Ivey: On the first one is

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Cameron Ivey: Bob recommend the sea. So of Kent State University, Bob. Thanks for coming on. How you doing,

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Cameron Ivey: Oh my gosh, Robert Kirkman. Yep. You know what

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Cameron Ivey: Yeah, let's go ahead and just start over. I'll keep it recording, but

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Cameron Ivey: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to privacy, please. I'm your host, Cameron IV and with me as always is gave gums. We have two very special guests on today. The first is Bob Ackman is the CIO of Kent State, Bob. Thanks for coming on.

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reckman: Thank you very much for having me.

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Cameron Ivey: Appreciate it. Yeah, absolutely. And if you want to just kind of give your background, real quick and then we'll get to the second guest.

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Cameron Ivey: Shares tell the listeners who you are and how you got to where you are.

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reckman: Yeah, I've been in security for probably better part of gosh over a decade now, at least started out cutting my teeth and nuclear power. So I was the

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reckman: Help to establish the cybersecurity program for nuclear power generation in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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reckman: You know, that's really a quick way to get dropped in the deep end of security from there. I've done a tremendous amount of consulting worked with Fortune 100 companies all over Cleveland Northeast Ohio, helping them to implement security programs as a, you know, rent to Bob, if you will.

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Cameron Ivey: See, so for hire, and

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reckman: Opportunity can stay presented itself over a year ago and I've been gratefully and honored to be there. See, so sense. And I'm also a faculty member there as well. I teach in digital science going teach cybersecurity a digital system security courses as well.

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Cameron Ivey: That's awesome. Thanks for sharing that. And our second guest is Gabriella Sanford phone Tina for tuna to say that right

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Gabriela: I'll take it.

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Cameron Ivey: Alright, that works. Thank you so much for coming on. She's the Senior Counsel future privacy forum.

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Cameron Ivey: Can you just give us your backstory, who you are and how you got to where you're

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Gabriela: On for sure. Hello, everyone, and thank you, Cameron, for having me as a guest today on your podcasts.

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Gabriela: Well, I am a specialist in European Union data prediction low in privacy law. I have what 10 years of experience in the field. Um, I started as a researcher in Romania at the University of Iowa.

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Gabriela: Where I completed an LLM in human rights, with a focus on data protection and then I completed my PhD in law, with a focus on the rights of the data subject as we call them in euro, meaning the individuals whose personal data.

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Gabriela: Are being processed and after that I moved to Brussels, I started to work for the European Data prediction supervisor, which is the EU data protection authority for all of the

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Gabriela: EU institutions invitees um but also the official Advisor of the European Union when your legislator.

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Gabriela: And this is how I got to be in Brussels in the most exciting of times. And that was the time when the GDPR was being negotiated and I got to be involved in the GDPR legislative file from

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Gabriela: As part of the team that advised the legislator from either. Yes. And in 2016 after all of that I'm finally came to an end and the GDPR was adopted, I moved to the United States, and here I am now. I've been working for the future privacy forum for close to four years now and I've always

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Gabriela: Kept you know close to what's been happening in the EU, and I've been trying to bring understanding about the GDPR in the EU data protection law here in the US.

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Cameron Ivey: Awesome. So let's go ahead and get started.

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Cameron Ivey: For everyone out there. What is GDPR. What does it mean, can you give us a just a simple background.

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Gabriela: Yes, the GDPR stands for the general data protection regulation and it's a legislative act of the European Union, which directly applies in all of the Member States of European Union.

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Gabriela: Um, prior to the GDPR we had another law of the EU or that was the previous data protection directive directive 95 446

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Gabriela: Which had many of the concepts with which the GDPR operates and many of the legal institutions. Many of the rules, you had the rights of the data subject as well.

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Gabriela: In the directive, you had rules for international data transfers, you have a very broad Google application as well. I'm only that know directive was adopted in 1995 and

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Gabriela: There was clearly a need to update that type of legislation for the internet age and for the big data age for the algorithm age and this is what happened with the GDPR which technically revamped the former directive.

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Gabriela: Which in its third. And actually, he's also a result of another legislative process started in the 70s and Member State level when

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Gabriela: The different European states that were part of the EU at that time felt that as computers start, you know, being able to store to store a lot of data in public administrations start to keep electronic files about people.

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Gabriela: Maybe there should be some rules in place to make sure that however this data is being collected stored process is fair towards the individuals and interviews individuals have some sort of rights to know who keeps data about them, for what purposes they have some sort of rights to

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Gabriela: Ask for correction of their data if they're public administration somehow mess things up or to even ask for eraser. So we have the right of Eurasia. In the first data protection laws in Europe from

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Gabriela: Either appeared in the subsequent ones. So my point is that the GDPR is a huge step in a long evolution of laws that starting starting in Europe in the 70s in the focus on collecting and using data about individuals in automated ways

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Gabe Gumbs: So, so Dr. You are Senior Counsel over the future of privacy form. So, if you would, for our guests that are unfamiliar to tell us a little bit about the future privacy form.

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Gabe Gumbs: And also this report that you you pen. The general data protection regulation and analysis and guidance for US higher education institutions.

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Gabriela: Sure. So the future of privacy forum is a theme that

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Gabriela: Promotes data optimism and responsible data uses in the sense that I'm def def, and we are def def believe that personal data can be processed in responsible ways

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Gabriela: So we have stakeholders from regulators from industry and all sorts of branches of the industry from the big tech to automakers to startups sharing economy.

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Gabriela: We also have stakeholders from the education sphere. We have a very, very prominent student privacy work stream that's led by my colleague, Amelia bands, and I'm sure many of your stakeholders into your ears are familiar with her work and her team's work.

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Gabriela: And among all of our work streams. We also have

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Gabriela: A focus on European privacy law and global law global trends and when the GDPR was adopted and it had this very strong extraterritorial effect.

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Gabriela: That was sort of my

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Gabriela: Best way to Pete with this team because I tried to explain how the GDPR becomes a is applicable to entities here in the United States.

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Gabriela: And I'm in. Within this context, and my colleagues that are working for the education work stream.

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Gabriela: Wanted to dive deeper into the idea of the GDPR being applicable to education institutions here in the US.

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Gabriela: So we started to look into the conditions that higher ed particularly higher ed institutions because they are the ones that interact. Most right we have people in Europe are affected by the GDPR

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Gabriela: And this is how we came up with the idea of writing a report. I'm or a guide you. She wants to try and help them understand when the GDPR applies to them when he does not apply to them.

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Gabriela: And if by any chance the GDPR applies. We also wanted to, to help with information on the latest guidance from European data protection authorities.

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Gabriela: On how their compliance should look like they eat they want to sit out on rooms and a framework to protect the data that's coming in from Europe.

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Gabe Gumbs: It's excellent it as some of you may know, we have we have a healthy number of listeners that are in the education space, which is why

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Gabe Gumbs: We actually have Bob on the line as well. So, Bob, I want to turn the floor over to use it to for others that are in your roles and in with an institution such as yours.

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Gabe Gumbs: Maybe you can lead help us lead the conversation and

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Gabe Gumbs: Kind of tease out some of that that kind of best practices. But if you could first Bob just kind of first lay out the depth of the challenge that you face how largest can stay. How is it organized and structured, I imagine, similar to other institutions.

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reckman: There we go. Sorry about that. My dog is barking early and I apologize. So we have roughly 25,000 active students. So maybe 4000 or so employees.

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reckman: But overall, we have about 400,000 active identities that we have to protect on a daily basis. We are multi regional

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reckman: We have many regional campuses here in Northeast Ohio and elsewhere. And we're also international we have not necessarily campuses, but offices and relationships with schools overseas.

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reckman: As well. So obviously the GDPR program in total is a grave interest, not just to myself, but too many schools who are not just doing business in the European Union economic zones, but who are recruiting students from that area as well.

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Gabe Gumbs: Excellent. And so as GDPR goes as supply to to higher education institutions here stateside. What were some of the initial challenges that you had in just understanding and interpreting how it might be applicable.

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reckman: Yeah, so the applicability of it. You know when you read the GDPR law because it is a law in European Union, and it really is. It's like your typical regulation or law.

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reckman: Not always very clear and how they're defined the language at times gets a little amorphous, you're not quite sure how to interpret it.

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reckman: And so what we've done is we've really put in place a program that we feel is appropriate for Kent State.

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reckman: Following guidance with what many schools in the states are doing just, you know, applying those controls, where we need to apply them.

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reckman: But I'll tell you that. I think what it's done. Overall, and I don't want to speak for Kent State necessary. I want to speak for higher education, if you will.

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reckman: When it's done is it's made all schools kind of take a step back and look at their privacy program in total, we're starting to see some new trends relative to privacy.

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reckman: That we haven't seen previously, one of which is a standing up or something called a privacy office which prior to just a couple years ago, I had never heard of a privacy office before

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reckman: But it's a dedicated, you know, sometimes websites sometimes organizations have a chief Privacy Officer role.

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reckman: That, you know, with an office and actual people but either way. The idea being is that your one stop shop for privacy.

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reckman: That's the place you go to communicate how we're doing privacy how we're approaching privacy, how we treat your data and I really like that approach from a, from a just a confidentiality perspective and making people feel comfortable interacting with the environment.

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Cameron Ivey: So, so I'm curious since you were kind of touching on privacy and this could be a question for both Gabriola and Bob What when you when you hear the term data privacy. What does that mean to you personally and what does it mean to your organization.

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Gabriela: I can start. Oh, when I when I hear the term data privacy. I'm I think what comes with

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Gabriela: It because

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Gabriela: In Europe, you know, we don't over it with the stern, we actually have two terms that we operate, because in the European Union legal framework.

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Gabriela: We protect two different right and one of them is the right to privacy or the right to respect for private life and family life and confidentiality of communications.

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Gabriela: That's, you know, bubble. And then we have the right to data protection. So, the right to the protection of personal data.

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Gabriela: And that's in another bubble. Now the trouble is that sometimes this two bubbles interact and when we talk about data protection.

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Gabriela: In Europe we talk about prediction of personal data. So as long as that data. It's personal. You will obviously interact. Many times we

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Gabriela: The idea of private life and privacy however data prediction as, as I understand it from the European point of view. I'm refers actually to the fact that personal data can be used. They even should be used.

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Gabriela: You know you can collect them and analyze them and use them. However, the way you're doing this needs to respect some rules of the road, you know, need to

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Gabriela: If you want to start collecting personal data and using them. You need to have a justification for why you do that.

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Gabriela: You need to set up some basic principles, you need to think particularly why you have to collecting this person and they so you have some purpose. I'm specific purpose. Mind you,

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Gabriela: You cannot just collect data because at one point in the future, you might find some use for them.

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Gabriela: So this is why I'm telling you that when I hear data privacy. I am conflicted because where I come from. We used to distinguish between this two

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Gabriela: Concepts, while at the same time recognizes that they relate to each other in that, you know, it's a bit sort of difficult to communicate, particularly to the larger public why this to rights are different and distinct values are conceptualized in a different way in the European Union.

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Gabriela: So this is, this is what I think about when you asked me about data privacy.

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Gabriela: When I think of privacy. Privacy i is obviously a value that I care a lot about on I think of privacy as a fundamental human right and I hope this will be an approach that will be acknowledged and putting practice in as many jurisdictions as possible.

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Cameron Ivey: Awesome, Bob.

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reckman: Yeah, that's a really interesting perspective because so I'm on the other side of the house, in some ways,

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reckman: Responsible for implementing the controls that keep data private, if you will. And certainly, Dr. I understand the

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reckman: trepidation with that we're data and privacy together. It's almost like when you say data privacy should just come along for the ride. We shouldn't have to qualify it by saying data should remain private right

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reckman: At the same time, though, I would say that without protection. I really can't have privacy.

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reckman: Even though you know in my space. We have to implement controls that ensure the confidentiality and the integrity of that data as well as the availability of that data.

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reckman: And to do that we need to appropriately assigned access controls and authorizations and various things.

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reckman: That do that if we were to fall regulation purely if we were to look at our various privacy related programs such as hip Govt a

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reckman: PCI GDPR and we were to fold those to the letter, you know, I can implement a control that would meet a requirement in almost every one of those

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reckman: Different compliance measures, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I have a good security program that also doesn't mean that my data secure

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reckman: Right. So when we talk about data privacy to me. What that means is we've implemented, not just the baseline level of security, but we've developed a defense in depth model.

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reckman: That's really more risk based in context based where we understand the risk that that data has to our organization.

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reckman: Has to the individual right and what it means to them and to us, and as a result of that we've implemented the appropriate level of security to meet that requirement.

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reckman: When we begin to do that. What we find is that compliance measures just kind of the run of the manager baseline approach to security and that building on top of that, I really the protections that provide that additional you know protection from the bad guys. I mean, let's be honest.

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reckman: Baseline security has been proven time and time again not to be enough, we've seen a number of organizations have implemented.

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reckman: Millions of dollars worth of security improvements and they still fail. Why is that, well that's because they don't have control of their data, they don't know where it is. They don't know how it got their

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reckman: Data is being moved out of a zero trust environment to an endpoint somewhere and then then emissary attacks the end point.

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reckman: So in my mind when I say the words data privacy, although I agree with the doctor that

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reckman: Quite frankly data privacy in and of itself should means security, it should mean compliance, it should mean protection defense in depth.

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reckman: In my mind, it should encompass all those things. And when we, when we interact with our data we need to understand where that data resides. Why it resides there and who has access to it.

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reckman: In my business. It's 100% about authorized versus unauthorized access

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reckman: I can provide any level of protection. I want to, but if I allow for an unauthorized person to gain access to the data.

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reckman: I'll be in violation of the GDPR rule and others as well here stateside that quite frankly could have been avoided. Had I just done a simple risk assessment looked at the content based approach to that data and understood, who was moving in where it was going and how it got there.

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reckman: So in my mind I

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reckman: Don't want to say they're synonymous because they're not. I certainly understand the distinction but privacy to me and protection really can't exist without the other, they really need both without privacy. I don't have protection and really without protection. I won't have privacy.

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Cameron Ivey: That's really good. Thank you for for going into that. So, Gabriella and this obviously relates to you, Bob. So in the higher ed realm in the United States.

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Cameron Ivey: Who does this get assigned to. How do you know how to pick the right person in the organization is this already something that they should know that they should be a part of, or is this something that needs to be kind of structured for each university.

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reckman: I'd be happy to take that one first.

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Gabriela: Yeah please say

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reckman: Yeah, so we, I would say, for the most part this falls on information security teams that I've seen. But, however, I will say,

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reckman: Some schools have assigned as I mentioned earlier, like a chief Privacy Officer rule role rather within the organization.

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reckman: That can be someone from the General Counsel's Office lawyer organization.

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reckman: I know the the GDPR program has the data protection officer, which has to be, you know, have a very high level in the organization has to report to the highest level, the organization.

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reckman: And I've seen that fulfilled by many different roles within an organization, oftentimes the CIO will take that on and some of the smaller schools. Some of the larger schools, you have a dedicated person.

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Gabriela: So, I, I'm happy to take that one. Um, and perhaps this this will be a good segue to also weigh in, into the data officer, you know, type, type of

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Gabriela: job titles, we discussed earlier about, so the GDPR indeed applies to personal data and this concept is defined extremely broad

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Gabriela: In the GDPR because the legal definition says that it is personal data is any information that relates to an identified or an identifiable or natural person or individual

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Gabriela: An individual that even not even us identify, but that can be identified. So for example, you have this piece of information us six and a half. Is this shoe size number of

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Gabriela: And you know, you don't know that it's Gabrielle out because it doesn't say that. Not the shoe size number is, you know, Gabrielle is

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Gabriela: But it's kind of easy to identify me because this is the group of people. I'm the only woman and at least you know so seeming out of someone and then related some piece of information to that person that can be singled out

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Gabriela: That is an information becomes personal data. So this is just to give you an idea of how broadly the regulation.

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Gabriela: Defines personal data. Now, that was one extreme example, but then you have other information such as a unique IP address, even a dynamic IP address can become personal data. If you have other pieces of information that can be put together with it and we already have.

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Gabriela: certainly find this as a true statement. I'm then you can also have inferences about this particular individual.

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Gabriela: That's personal data as well. And of course you have the type of information that is you immediately think it's personal data like data worth you know a social security number or similar type of union members.

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Gabriela: That are assigned to a person or like a photograph or an image of someone that was no data and then the regulation also covers biometric data, all sorts of biometric data. And if that biometric data is used to uniquely identify a person

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Gabriela: Then it becomes sensitive data or a special category of data together with beta, leading to help religion, race.

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Gabriela: philosophical beliefs. That's actually categorize special sensitive data under the GDPR as well. So as you as you can see, it really covers a lot of ground and this was one of the main challenges when the GDPR

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Gabriela: The privacy laws, mostly cover some well defined pieces of information. So, for example, under HIPAA you have personal like protected health information and this is clearly defined in a specific way.

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Gabriela: You usually have some sort of PII personally identifiable information type of category of data that's protected under your privacy law and that usually is defined in a way

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Gabriela: Which links your PII to a specific identity and you know you have very clear criteria to follow. So this was a huge challenge on in between 2016 and 2018 when the GDPR entered into force in 2016 often was adopted.

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Gabe Gumbs: So one of the challenges is a lot of that data was collected for a purpose to begin with and GDPR certainly talks a lot about purpose.

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Gabe Gumbs: Now in your report this this guide for higher education universities you lay out these 10 practical steps to begin to GDP or compliance program.

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Gabe Gumbs: And one of those particular is establishing a retention schedule for personal data that is subject to GDP.

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Gabe Gumbs: I understand the necessity to have such a retention schedule in place from a sunscreen standpoint, and we've had data retention schedules in place for quite some time now. But how has the the application GDPR to higher education institutions.

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Gabe Gumbs: force you to update force might be the wrong word. But, but how has it affected how you've updated those retention schedules or maybe they haven't been that that much affected at all.

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Gabriela: Um, no, not really. And that was very, very useful for me to hear, Bob, actually. So thank you for

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Gabriela: Specifying that I would, indeed, if I were to add something just to add that data retention.

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Gabriela: Is indeed linked to the purpose of why you're collecting the data. Um, so, you know, at the beginning, when I was talking to people that had to put in place retention schedules that was. It was very difficult to give

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Gabriela: A specific answer to the question. So, how long should we keep it because the GDPR says that you can keep the data as long as you need it to accomplish the purpose for why you have it.

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Gabriela: So then this was, you know, another challenge to identify that purpose. Um, but I will, I will have to say this, that indeed those organizations that already has a solid retention schedule, just like Bob's organization they had much much less difficulty.

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Gabriela: You know, you might have some obligations that comes from some sort of audit law or all sorts of retention obligations get come from local laws.

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Gabe Gumbs: And this university particular is as a state agency, Bob, much, much like yours is only this state agency is covered by sovereign immunity, which

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Gabe Gumbs: Into thank you got real. I know you are also not a lawyer, however, you've done quite a bit of study on this but but yes or no sovereign immunity.

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Gabe Gumbs: But Bob, I think, is in the same camp that I certainly am. And many of us are which is if you click that information. I don't see how you could be exempt. But what's your take on it.

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Gabriela: You know the extraterritorial clause in the GDPR which is our Article three, paragraph two does not make any sort of distinction for public agencies of other countries. Now, of course, we also have to take into account general international law.

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Gabriela: And for example, there's an entire debate of whether the GDPR would apply to an international organization because we know that international organizations this supranational type of bodies have something called Privileges and Immunities.

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Gabriela: So they are not subject to the law of any given state. However, that's not the case or generally have a public agency overnight of state, right. So the GDPR does not make that distinction. Um, it simply refers to controllers or processors that offers goods or services to people in the EU.

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Gabriela: A STATE UNIVERSITY here. Now, you know, if we go to the. How do we enforce the GDPR to organizations in third countries.

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Gabe Gumbs: Positions and tools and technologies and just implement that into university and I imagine going into the next year, you're gonna have some healthy mix up more students that are going to be disconcerting than before. How's that affecting your privacy program.

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Cameron Ivey: I just saw you. I'm just good let's let's turn the page here and get a little get a little free. So I have some fun questions I want to ask you both will start with Gabriella and will be the same question for you, Bob as well. So, Gabriella, what is your, what is your guilty pleasure.

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reckman: Uh, it's honestly grazing, you know, now that I'm at home I could just between calls just make my way down to the kitchen and grade.

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Cameron Ivey: Skin I just used to break a few buttons.

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Cameron Ivey: Be good. Be good. So

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Cameron Ivey: I know that you have, Bob, you have a dog right and then Gabriola. Do you have any pets.

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Cameron Ivey: Okay, so I'm going to have a different question for you. But this one's for you, Bob. You could ask your pet three questions up. I think you went to go get him. If he if you could ask your, your pet three questions. What would it be

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reckman: So much. And the third question is why do you growl at the cats when there's really no reason to do that. You're perfectly comfortable on the bed, the account walks in the room and he starts growing. That'd be my questions.

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Gabe Gumbs: The last one is self evident that cat. Yes.

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Cameron Ivey: They have some kind of

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Cameron Ivey: determination to piss off dogs.

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Cameron Ivey: Some way or another.

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Cameron Ivey: So this one can be both for both of you out if you could be a superhero.

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Cameron Ivey: Who would it be and why

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Gabriela: Oh goodness that's. This is so funny because I actually have a cartoon over here on my wall that I received from my colleagues in Brussels and it depicts me as superwoman flying over the ocean.

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Gabriela: You know,

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Gabriela: The GDPR and data prediction here so it has, you know, some sort of wonder when I suppose. That'd be my ideal.

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Gabriela: Superhero

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Cameron Ivey: Awesome Wonder Woman of GDPR

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Gabriela: Yeah. Wonder whenever GDPR yes

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Gabe Gumbs: Was that Toby's is that, and now

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reckman: Does he feel like he's standing at the door right now. He looks. He looks like he's ready to go.

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Cameron Ivey: Tony Stark. I mean couldn't be any cooler than that.

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reckman: Yeah, I mean it's printed. We could have that kind of money. Yeah, no doubt that brilliant. Oh.

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Cameron Ivey: Yeah, that too. So anything we can wrap things up anything that we didn't touch on that either view would like to mention

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Cameron Ivey: Do you like people following you on social media. Do you speak at events. Whenever events start happening again. Is there anything that you want to add any kind of value thought leadership. Before we wrap things up.

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reckman: I'll go very quickly and then turn it over to the good doctor to to wrap us up here. I'll just say that this has been. First off, really nice conversation good podcast.

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reckman: Really got me thinking about privacy slightly different. The whole conversation on privacy and protection was interesting to me something. I'm going to consider further, I think that as

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reckman: As an entity, the United States really needs to come to come to grips with what we're doing for privacy.

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reckman: I know we have a number of programs. But that's part of the problem is we have a number of programs.

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reckman: Heard recently numbers like 20 or 30 states have legislation either past are going to pass soon for privacy.

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reckman: All this sounds wonderful. But boy, if we're not careful, we're going to end up with 50 some different privacy laws that we're going to have to meet here in the United States. In addition to GDPR in addition to India, Canada, China.

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reckman: Your name is Al zero. Thank you very much, Dr. So yeah, so in my opinion. I think I my, my suggestion is, if I could give any parting good doctors to the tinfoil hat wearing security guys and girls out there is that would definitely say build your program for the worst case scenario.

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reckman: Plan for the worst hope for the best. So if GDPR is the most restrictive if you want to use that word restrictive.

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Gabriela: I cannot agree with you more. Bob. This is absolutely great. And I also think that

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Gabriela: A federal comprehensive privacy law here in the US is needed, and it's about time we had we get it here.

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Gabriela: There have been actually legislative debates back in the 70s, you know, because I mentioned that Europe, but there were also a lot of debates here in the US that time, but unfortunately they did not

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Gabriela: lead towards a comprehensive privacy law, but just to allow that much narrower and it applies to federal agencies in some very limited way. Um, I would say that

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Gabriela: I really like the attention that personal data in depth privacy have right now in in the world. Technically, as Bob was mentioning, there are many legislative

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Gabriela: Initiatives all over the world. You guys going to have a comprehensive law Brazil adopted the law. Couple of years ago and it's going to become applicable soon.

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Gabriela: Very similar to the GDPR we have data protection of privacy laws all around the world. And I really like to see that the conversation has evolved so much in

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Gabriela: Including here in the US, we are having some discussions that are really, really great to see. And also, last point.

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Gabriela: I would really love Eve as part of this conversation we're having in the US. Oh, we are thinking more about this differentiation between on data protection and privacy.

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Gabriela: So how do we protect personal data to achieve fairness towards people you know that that can be a goal in itself.

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Gabriela: And is that equivalent to protecting the intimate private sphere of someone or we can sort of think of them.

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Gabriela: Differently and valuable to them at the same time. So I would like to see some of that conversation going up going on as well. And I'm always happy to interact with people on my Twitter and my LinkedIn where I post quite frequent frequently

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Gabe Gumbs: And what is your Twitter handle

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Gabriela: It. That's gonna be a tough one game.

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Cameron Ivey: EVEN PRONOUNCE IT

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Gabriela: It's Gabriola Zen fear and that's Gabriola with one L and then z. Ey, and I are

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Gabe Gumbs: We'll make sure we post those post that in the notes as well too.

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Gabe Gumbs: How about yourself. You hang out on social media at all.

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reckman: My social media as much as I can. So I do have a LinkedIn profile people are welcome to connect with me, they're doing number of speaking engagements throughout the year and

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reckman: Probably the best way to reach me if someone wants to reach me a security. I can't dot edu. That's our that's our catch all and people reach out to me.

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reckman: From the general public there quite a bit. But that's, but otherwise I would say just LinkedIn is is a great, great tool. Bob Ackman is my handle

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Gabe Gumbs: It's excellent. I appreciate having you both on day

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Cameron Ivey: Thank you both so much.

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Cameron Ivey: Really, really appreciate your time.

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Cameron Ivey: And we'll see you next time.

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reckman: Take care. Bye now.