Privacy Meetup This Week, Plus Data Privacy Day Events

Meetup Event: “Science-Fact: How Modern Scientific Advances Will Impact Individual Privacy” 

Privacy and security professionals are invited to attend a Meetup hosted by the Privacy & Technology Group (sponsored by TRUSTe) on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 6-8 p.m. From 6-6:30 there will be networking and refreshments, then from 6:30-7:30 p.m. two guest speakers will discuss the topic of the evening – “How modern scientific advances will impact individual privacy.” Speakers are Stephen Wu, Of Counsel at Silicon Valley Law Group, and Steven Teppler, Attorney at Abbott Law Group, P.A. The event will be held at the TRUSTe office located at 835 Market Street, suite 800. (Stay tuned for pictures and a recap of the event on the TRUSTe blog this Friday.)

Register here


Webinar: TRUSTe 2015 Privacy Insight Series: Privacy Assessment Benchmarking

On Thursday, Jan. 22, TRUSTe is presenting a webinar about the different types of privacy assessments and the appropriate scenarios for each. Speakers will also unveil the new benchmarking research into Privacy Assessments used by Fortune 1,000 companies. Speakers include TRUSTe’s Ray Everett, Director of Product Management and Principal Consultant, and John P. Tomaszewski, Senior Counsel in the International Data Protection Practice Group, Seyfarth Shaw LLP. This is the first webinar in our TRUSTe 2015 Privacy Insight Series.

Register here


Data Privacy Day Is Coming Up

TRUSTe will be participating in three events on Data Privacy Day, Wednesday, Jan. 28. Use the hashtag #DPD15 when sharing posts and photos on social media!


State of Privacy 2015 – Business & Consumer Insights
San Francisco, CA

This roundtable event is part of the TRUSTe Privacy Insight Series. The event will bring together privacy professions to share ideas and discuss privacy management programs, as well as privacy challenges in the year ahead. TRUSTe will unveil new research on consumer attitudes toward current privacy practices of leading organizations.

For more information, and to request an invite, visit here.


Data Privacy & Protection Day Town Halls & Breach Workshops
San Francisco, CA

TRUSTe CEO Chris Babel is one of the 20 speakers at this event that will bring together public and private sector experts to discuss data privacy and provide advice about responsible data protection practices to the business community. The remaining events in this series will take place on Feb. 3 in New York City, and Feb. 5 and 6 in Washington, D.C.

Register here


Open Forum: Data Privacy Trends 2015
San Francisco, CA

This event, presented by the Churchill Club, TRUSTe and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), will bring together a panel of privacy experts to share insights into the future of privacy, as well as the latest privacy research.




Meet TRUSTe: Ken Okumura, VP Engineering

Our latest series will introduce you to a new TRUSTe employee every week to give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. 

Name: Ken Okumura 

Job title: VP Engineering

How long have you worked at TRUSTe?: 5 years

Describe your current role, how this role has changed over time and your current projects: I am responsible for managing engineering and operations infrastructure at TRUSTe. I have held this position since I started here. Although my responsibilities have largely remained the same, the scope of my work has grown from evolving our core product and service offerings to building a new set of products and services that still revolve around privacy but due to market demands have steered us to expanding beyond our certification services. Not only has the scope of our business grown in the past 5 years but our human resources reach has extended globally as well. Collaborating with the rest of our engineering team in the Philippines has allowed us to gain efficiencies in development that we would not have otherwise been able to achieve in San Francisco alone.

What do you like most about working here?: I really enjoy exploring new ways to solve problems that haven’t already been solved by others or in ways that others may have not thought about before. It’s really inspiring to see people within the company rallying around an idea and running at full speed to realize it. When others see what you see and are excited to work toward that goal, it becomes contagious. TRUSTe has been fortunate to have a lot of exceptional people who share that passion.


Meet TRUSTe: Ray Everett, Director of Product Management & Principal Consultant

Our latest series will introduce you to a new TRUSTe employee every week to give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. 


Name: Ray Everett

Job title: Principal Consultant and Director of Product for Compliance Solutions

How long have you worked at TRUSTe?: 9 months.

What did you do prior to working at TRUSTe? Prior to TRUSTe, I managed advertising and search privacy issues at Yahoo!, and before that was general manager of the privacy monitoring service at Keynote Systems. All told, I have nearly 20 years of privacy experience, including over a decade of privacy-related consulting for more than two dozen Global 2000 corporations and numerous start-up ventures.

Describe your current role and how your career in privacy has changed over time: My interest in privacy began in the mid-1990s when I became involved in an incident that became somewhat legendary in early Internet lore: the infamous “Green Card Spam” wars of 1994 (chronicled here). Those early battles over the appropriate ways to advertise on the Internet sparked my curiosity around how this evolving medium could be used — and abused. While attending law school, I hoped to learn more about privacy, but at that point most privacy law was still very much centered around issues like paparazzi stalking the rich and famous and peeping toms harassing average folk. As I became more deeply involved in law and policy issues around Internet privacy, I was appointed as the first US Corporate Chief Privacy Officer for an early behavioral advertising network called AllAdvantage, where we had to build a complex browser plug-in to enable the kind of targeting and ad delivery capabilities that are intrinsic to today’s basic web experience.


Meet TRUSTe: Matthew Coleman, Privacy Solutions Manager

Our latest series will introduce you to a new TRUSTe employee every week to give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. 


Name: Matthew Coleman

Job title: Privacy Solutions Manager, JD, CIPP/US

How long have you worked at TRUSTe?: Since May 2014

Describe your current role, how this has changed over time, and walk us through a typical day: My current role is as a privacy subject matter expert responsible for working with clients on completing their TRUSTe certifications. My clients operate across a wide variety of industries and are of various size and scale.

My role is evolving as companies’ privacy practices are evolving. Formerly, companies would only focus on the privacy implication of major products or their web presence, such as domains, cloud platforms and mobile applications. Since data privacy has become part of the conversation at the executive level, companies are increasingly interested in developing the best privacy practice for every facet of their business. My role now increasingly involves reviewing an entire corporation’s privacy practices.

A typical day for me could consist of a range of projects. I generally make a point to review any news and current events affecting consumer privacy first thing. Otherwise, I could be conducting an investigation of a client’s privacy practices — both the observable and what’s happening behind the scenes. I may also be following up with clients on questions about industry standards, nuanced policy issues, or the status of ongoing projects.


Meet TRUSTe: Joanne Furtsch, Director of Product Policy

Our latest series will introduce you to a new TRUSTe employee every week to give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. 



Name: Joanne Furtsch

Job title: Director of Product Policy, CIPP/US, CIPP/C

How long have you worked at TRUSTe?: 15 years. I have the distinction of being TRUSTe’s longest tenured employee.

Describe your current role, how this has changed over time and your current key projects: I started working in privacy before consumers really saw it as an issue, and before it was considered a career. At that time I conducted TRUSTe certification reviews and specialized in working with global companies such as Oracle and IBM. My role at TRUSTe has evolved; now I’m doing a combination of product and policy work. My key responsibilities include developing and managing TRUSTe’s certification standards across all our programs, and developing and building TRUSTe’s content database for the Data Privacy Management Platform.

What do you like most about working here?: Privacy is never boring. I enjoy solving problems and building solutions. Privacy is an interesting topic to me because it’s constantly evolving, meaning there are new problems to solve and to work in privacy means you’re always thinking ahead since technology is becoming more and more apart of our daily lives.