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15 Oct 2021 Industry News

Josh Kallmer and October

Policy, New Work & Education
Big Data & AI

The newsletter offers you selected content such as the latest relevant news from the European tech scene - presented to you in short and informative bite sizes. Every month we interview interesting personalities and give you an insight into the tech world. Get ready to learn more about the who-is-who from future-driven companies like Planetly, E.ON, and Zoom, and look forward to exclusive insights from these and more inspiring tech-pioneers.

This month we gathered the most interesting pieces of news in the topic field "data and its protection" for you, right in time for the upcoming changes in the global business landscape regarding the ePrivacy Regulation, the Data Governance Act, and the Data Act.

You can expect to read about:

  • What Josh Kallmer (Zoom) has to say about the most pressing topics in data protection
  • A fantastic break-down of the global privacy conundrum
  • The highlights of Bitkom's annual Privacy Conference 2021

 A digital deep dive with Josh Kallmer – Summary 

  Josh Kallmar Zoom

Josh Kallmer is Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations at Zoom. He was most recently Executive Vice President for Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), leading efforts to influence policy development around the globe. Before joining ITI, he acted as counsel for Crowell & Moring LLP and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.

In our interview, we asked a few enticing questions about his connection to privacy - where did it all start for him and what does he do in his own personal life to ensure his data is protected. 

Josh always had a passion for international public policy and was fortunate to find a terrific global policy role in the tech industry, which is how he became an “experienced amateur” in data protection and privacy. Having an understanding of data protection issues has made him also a more careful and thoughtful “consumer” of digital technologies over the past several years. 

In his opinion, the most pressing data protection issue is the inability of national governments to create a set of truly global rules and norms around data protection. He says that it is very obvious when it comes to their uncertainty around international data transfers. This is not only impeding innovation and economic growth. It's impeding privacy itself, making it an urgent need for governments to find a sustainable solution for this global issue.

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Fancy some more news about the privacy scene?

  1. „Apple's recent privacy changes show signs to enter an ad market dominated by Facebook and Google". Since an April software update, most iPhones have allowed users to decide which apps can track user activity - crucial information that helps companies like Facebook deliver tailored ads to users and measure their impact. Read more here.

  2. „Breaking down the present global data privacy conundrum". How does American data privacy look like compared to the European or Chinese one? Now that China is implementing a new data protection law taking effect on November 1st, 2021, it's useful to get a global overview to understand the effects it could have. Read on here.

  3. „Homomorphic encryption startup Duality raised $30M in funding". Duality has raised some funding on the back of some significant early deals, including a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The startup was founded by groundbreaking cryptographers and data scientists and builds tools to facilitate collaboration between companies and sharing data with each other without compromising sensitive information. Learn more about this here.

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Allianz's head of asset management Jacqueline Hunt steps down, paving way for Andreas Wimmer

  Jacqueline Hunt

Jacqueline Hunt, member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE and responsible for asset management and US life insurance business, is withdrawing from day-to-day business. In the coming year, she will provide strategic advice to Allianz CEO Oliver Bäte before leaving the company for good. Her duties will be taken over by the current Allianz Life CEO, Andreas Wimmer. Learn more about this here.


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