Privacy-information services: The free, the cheap and the pricey

A top affliction of privacy professionals is the growing complexity of privacy laws. The number of jurisdictions regulating data privacy and the number of other laws in which privacy provisions are tucked has increased with no letup since 2000. Like the Lilliputians in Gulliver's Travels, the tiniest jurisdictions are now lassoing their privacy ropes around the mightiest of corporations.

Where does this leave those who are charged with keeping their organizations privacy-compliant? Desperately looking for a way to organize news about all of these developments.

I recently surveyed the landscape of possible solutions to this problem. What did I find? Three different approaches: free Web sites, newsletters and news feeds; fee-based periodicals; and fee-based databases, such as Nymity's PrivaWorks, Cecile Park Publishing's DataGuidance and law firm Morrison and Foerster LLP's Summit Privacy.

What were the pros and cons of each approach?

Free sources

Privacy leaders with no budget will want to exploit what's free, including these options:

I've been a Daily Dashboard junkie for years, and keep an online collection of links to hundreds of articles featured in the Dashboard.

When it comes to analysis of developments in privacy law, many law and consulting firms also offer free newsletters. Table 1 offers a full list, including instructions on how to sign up.

Table 1: Law and Consulting Firm Privacy Newsletters

A number of firms offer excellent, succinct analysis of developments in data privacy, security and retention.

Firm Newsletter Scope Frequency Sign-up
Alston & Bird Privacy & Security Advisory U.S. and global data protection; finance and health care As developments occur Contact
Alston & Bird Health Care Advisory U.S. health care As developments occur E-mail
Baker & McKenzie Global Privacy Newsletter Global privacy developments Monthly Contact
Baker & McKenzie Privacy Matters Hong Kong and China privacy and data protection Quarterly E-mail
Baker & McKenzie CPO Corner: Interviews with Leading Chief Privacy Officers Privacy benchmarking information Quarterly E-mail
Bird & Bird Privacy & Data Protection Update EU data protection, all industries Monthly E-mail
BNA International World Data Protection Report Global privacy and data protection Monthly Contact
Boston Privacy Group Think Privacy U.S., data privacy and security As developments occur E-mail
Cabinet Gelly Ad hoc privacy news Data protection in France, all industries As developments occur Contact
Covington & Burling Covington Advisories & E-Alert Global privacy and data protection, all industries As developments occur Contact
Davis & Gilbert D&G Alerts Advertising, marketing, promotions As developments occur E-mail
Dechert Privacy OnPoint EU data protection and US information security As developments occur E-mail
DLA Piper E-Commerce and Privacy Alert Privacy and e-commerce As developments occur E-mail
Ernst & Young Top Privacy Issues - Global Global data privacy Annual E-mail
Ernst & Young Global Information Security Survey Global information security Annual E-mail
Field Fisher Waterhouse BCR Update Binding corporate rules As developments occur E-mail
Foley & Lardner Foley & Lardner LLP's Privacy, Security & Information Management Newsletter U.S. and global privacy and security Monthly E-mail
Goodwin Procter Privacy Newsletter Global privacy and data protection, all industries As developments occur E-mail
Hunton & Williams Huntonprivacyblog.com Global privacy, security, and information management; all industries As developments occur Contact
Informatica Security & Privacy The Pulse Data privacy and security; finance, health care Monthly Contact
Jones Day Jones Day Commentary - Privacy Global privacy and data protection As developments occur Contact
Kelley Drye & Warren Kelley Drye Client Advisories Global privacy and data protection, all industries As developments occur Contact
Law Office of Kris Klein The Klein & Kratchanov Report Canadian privacy and access to data Monthly Contact
Littler Mendelson Workplace Privacy Counsel Global privacy and data protection, all industries As developments occur Contact
McDermott Will & Emery Hot Topics U.S. and global privacy and data protection; health care As developments occur Contact
Meyerowitz Communications Inc. Privacy & Data Security Law Journal U.S. privacy, all industries Monthly E-mail
Morrison & Foerster Morrison & Foerster Client Alert Global privacy and data protection, all industries As developments occur Contact
Perkins Coie Perkins Coie Privacy and Security Updates Global privacy and data protection, all industries As developments occur Contact
Rebecca Herold & Associates The Privacy Professor Worldwide privacy and information security Quarterly E-mail
Sidley Austin Sidley Updates Privacy, data security and information law As developments occur Contact
Speechly Bircham Inform: IP, Technology & Commercial EU data protection, all industries Monthly Contact
Venable The Download U.S. privacy, all industries Monthly E-mail
Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon WildmanHarrold Privacy & Security Resource Center U.S. privacy, security, and new media As developments occur E-mail
Wiley Rein Privacy in Focus Data privacy and security, all industries Monthly Contact
Winston & Strawn Privacy and Technology Bulletin U.S. consumer, health care, financial, and online privacy, data breach and security Quarterly E-mail
Proskauer Rose A Moment of Privacy Online newsletter Monthly Contact
Proskauer Rose Privacy Law Blog Online blog As developments occur Contact
Proskauer Rose New Media and Technology Law Blog Blog As developments occur Contact
Source: Minnesota Privacy Consultants, 2009
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