1. Corporate America focuses on challenge and opportunity of privacy in moves by Business Roundtable and IBM; but its bid to gut CCPA is opposed by Common Sense
Not everyone backed the big-business pitch, however. Absent were Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Uber, Verizon, T-Mobile US, Intel, Cisco and Oracle. The non-profit children’s media advocacy group Common Sense, in a letter, urged Congress to keep the California law in force. “All eyes are on California when it comes to data privacy. California legislators did right by kids, families and consumers by keeping the law which goes into effect in 2020 largely intact. It’s no surprise that after failing to gut the California Consumer Privacy Act tech giants are now rallying Congress to pass a federal law to preempt it,” said Common Sense CEO James Steyer in a statement.
Made privacy a centerpiece of its newest mainframe announcement (more below)
Saw one of its executives elected chairman of the technical steering committee for the open-source, blockchain-pioneering HyperLedger project of the Linux Foundation. IBM employees comprise 6 of 11 members of the board.
Commissioned and released a Harris Poll about consumer privacy attitudes. The survey of 1,000 adults found “consumers are demanding to understand and have control over where their data goes,” IBM said. IBM even interviewed “Catch Me If You Can,” author Frank Abagnale. (FULL HARRIS REPORT)
The new IBM mainframe platform is called z15. “Beyond performance, data privacy is the big selling point of the z15,” wrote Timothy Green at The Motley Fool. Green says IBM mainframes process 87% of all credit-card transactions, 29 billion yearly ATM transactions and 4 billion annual flight reservations.
IBM’s release said the z15 can “manage the privacy of customer data across hybrid multi-cloud environments” including “who gets access to data via policy-based controls, with an industry-first capability to revoke access to data across the hybrid cloud.”