Mobile Privacy and Security Q&A with the Regulators/Enforcers

Vol. 9 Special Edition

Ruth Hill Bro can be reached at Ann Cavoukian can be reached at Christopher N. Olsen can be reached at

At a time when everything seems to be going mobile, and corresponding privacy and security concerns are escalating, everyone wants to know what regulators/enforcers are saying on the topic. In this article, Ruth Hill Bro poses seven of the top questions on mobile privacy and security issues. Answering those questions are privacy experts from two of the leading regulators/enforcers: Christopher N. Olsen of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Dr. Ann Cavoukian of the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada.

A common thread runs through their answers: privacy and security must be built into mobile devices from the start, transparency about data practices must improve, and data subjects must be given clear choices that are easy to exercise. Adhering to Privacy by Design (PbD) principles (see box on page 18 and discussion below) is key to minimizing mobile privacy and security risks. The experts interviewed here provide many practical insights, including references to guidance documents, for businesses and consumers operating in the mobile space.

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