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(Feb 27, 2015) I'm not debating the fact that the Internet and technology in general have created a situation in which fighting the terrorists has become all the more complex. For all of us, regardless of what profession we are in, we know information moves faster than ever. It can sometimes be a struggle to keep up. We get it.  What I don't get is why such an important piece of legislation, Bill C-51, may only be debated at committee for three short days—though there are rumours the government might actually... Read More

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Sources: Beamish Will Be Named Ontario Commissioner

(Feb 27, 2015) In a report on the naming of Ontario’s first financial accountability officer, The Toronto Star quotes unnamed sources as indicating Acting Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish “will be named as the full-time successor” to the province’s former commissioner, Ann Cavoukian. Beamish “has served as acting privacy watchdog since the high-profile Cavoukian retired last fall. He has worked at the commission since 1999,” the report states. Earlier this month, Beamish called for “legislative change to force Ontario hospitals to report serious violations to his office,” noting the province lags behind other health jurisdictions on patient privacy protection. Read More

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The Privacy Law Implications of Hopkins v Kay

(Feb 27, 2015) Mondaq examines last week’s court decision that a class-action against Peterborough Regional Health Centre can proceed. “In Hopkins v Kay, the Ontario Court of Appeal concluded that the Personal Health Information Protection Act is not a ‘complete code’ and therefore did not ‘oust’ the plaintiff's common law tort claim for breach of privacy,” Rahool Agarwal writes. “Hopkins provides important guidance in the fields of privacy law and class actions, as well as with respect to the sustainability o... Read More

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Gemalto Shares Investigation Findings; Denham Discusses Body Cameras

(Feb 27, 2015) Following recent news that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) infiltrated and stole the encryption keys of the world's largest SIM card manufacturer, Gemalto has released its findings of the incident. According to a Gemalto press release, the company has "reasonable grounds to believe that an operation by NSA and GCHQ probably happened," but the hack was limited to office networks "and could not have resulted in a massive theft of SIM... Read More

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Exploring the Semantics of PII

(Feb 26, 2015) The age-old dichotomy between privacy lawyers and engineers can often be a difficult hurdle to overcome. Last year, Profs. Peter Swire, CIPP/US, and Annie Antón discussed why engineers and lawyers need to get along. An essential part of making the connection between both disciplines, writes Security Specialist Ian Oliver, in this first in a series of posts for Privacy Tech, is by creating a grounded semantics through which lawyers and technicians can speak. One solid place to start, he writes, is grounding it in the term "personally identifiable information." Read More

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First Data the First With Double BCRs Through ICO

(Feb 26, 2015) U.S.-based First Data began its effort to win approval for its binding corporate rules (BCRs) in 2007, back when the process was young and still evolving. This month, the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) officially recognized the multinational payment solutions company's BCRs for data processors. Now able to boast that it's been approved for both processors and controllers, First Data is also the first company to have done so under the purview of the ICO. First Data CPO John Atkins, Chief Compliance Officer Carmen Menendez-Puerto and Chief Control Officer Cindy Armine-Klein discuss the process with Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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P.S.R. 2015 Call for Papers Now Open: Come Speak In Vegas!

(Feb 25, 2015) For the second year in a row, the IAPP is joining forces with the Cloud Security Alliance to provide a powerhouse conference that combines the CSA’s Congress and the IAPP’s Privacy Academy: Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015, and the call for speakers for the conference is now open. We’re looking for speaking proposals that are interactive, practical and hands-on. If you have the know-how to run a workshop-style session that includes case studies, exercises, real-life scenarios and all things how-to, then we want you. The deadline for paper submissions is March 13. Read More

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Reddit Privacy Policy Bans Involuntary Pornography

(Feb 25, 2015) Reddit has announced new changes to its privacy policy to help curb so-called revenge porn posts, The Washington Post reports. Moving forward, the posting of images or videos of individuals “in a state of nudity or engaged in any act of sexual conduct” will require prior consent from the individuals in the images. “We also recognize that violent personalized images are a form of harassment that we do not tolerate, and we will remove them when notified,” team Reddit wrote. Meanwhile, Craig Britta... Read More

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Post-Oscar, Poitras, Greenwald and Snowden Talk Citizenfour

(Feb 24, 2015) In a Q&A for Reddit, Oscar-winning documentarian Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald and whistleblower Edward Snowden—from his secret location in Russia—discussed Citizenfour, reporting on the government and facing those in power. Greenwald said the “Snowden revelation” that was most shocking to him was that “the explicit goal of the NSA and its allies is captured by the slogan ‘collect it all’—meaning they want to convert the Internet into a place of limitless, mass ... Read More

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Neuro-Ethicist: Brain Data Must Be Protected

(Feb 24, 2015) Technological advances “are making it easier than ever to measure, interpret and even reconstruct brain activity,” while the proliferation of wearables is creating “more ways to map our brainwaves than ever before,” and that means more opportunities for companies to mine that data, Gizmodo reports. This presents an interesting question: Who owns brain data? Neuro-Ethicist Paul Roote Wolp recently stressed the importance of setting up ground rules to protect cognitive privacy. For example, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is beginning to be used for lie detection, the report states, and “it’s not unreasonable to expect police and other actors to use cognitive data in the future” to determine innocence or guilt. Read More

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