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Global Privacy Dispatches
ITALY—Garante Addresses Medical Research, Welfare Positions Issues
The Garante, Italy’s Data Protection Authority (IDPA), has released three decisions related to research and a register of welfare positions.
ITALY—Garante Releases Enforcement Activity Report
The Garante, the Italian Data Protection Authority (IDPA), has released information on enforcement activity in Italy in 2013 and its relevant plan of inspections for the first semester of 2014.
CANADA—Anti-Spam Legislation To Come Into Force
After much discussion and consultation on the accompanying Regulations, Canada’s anti-spam legislation is about to take full effect. While the CRTC had previously published its regulations on March 28, 2012, the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulation was finally published on December 4, 2013.
UK—Government Department Fined 185,000 GBPs After Terrorist Incident Data Sold at Auction
A government department has been fined after a filing cabinet containing personal information relating to victims of a terrorist incident was sold at auction.
NEW ZEALAND—Privacy Reflections/Predictions for 2014
The high-profile privacy breaches of 2012-13 have shed an unprecedented light on personal information in New Zealand. Outgoing Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff is leaving the role at a time when protecting personal information, a cause she has actively championed over the past 10 years, is at the forefront of public awareness and is top-of-mind for policy analysts, legislators and businesses alike.
NEW ZEALAND—Will the Tide Turn in 2014?
Last year was not a good one for New Zealand privacy-wise. While Australia forged ahead enacting legislation covering issues such as cross-border controls for personal data and introducing measures to implement breach notification, the government in New Zealand, by contrast, has been dragging its feet and instead adopted a raft of measures diminishing existing privacy protections. This article briefly reviews developments in New Zealand in 2013 and ventures some predictions as to what may lie in store in 2014.
AUSTRALIA—Australia Legislates for Privacy by Design
In March, Australia will be overhauling its privacy laws. One of the key features of the new regime means Australia will become one of the first jurisdictions to effectively legislate for the concept of Privacy by Design.
Janet McCoy, Senior Vice President and CPO, Sovereign Bank (September 1, 2003)
Janet McCoy serves as chief privacy officer for Sovereign Bank. As the bank's chief privacy officer, McCoy is responsible for developing and implementing Sovereign's policy on customer privacy and oversees the integration of all privacy-related initiatives throughout Sovereign. McCoy also serves as director of strategic plan management for the community banking division, where she is currently focused on customer service initiatives.
Computer Recycling and Data Destruction:Are You Legally Prepared? (September 1, 2003)
As the health care industry continues to prepare for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, two new and challenging obstacles are emerging: safe and legal disposal of outdated computer equipment, and digital or physical data destruction of patient information. Computer equipment comes in the form of computer monitors, hard drives, printers, copiers, and so on. In the past, this equipment may have been placed into storage, donated to a school, or sent to the dumpster. All of these methods of disposal do not address the environmental or legal responsibilities of the health care organization in question.
In the Wake of "Do-Not-Call" (September 1, 2003)
The overwhelming response to the National Do Not Call Registry has citizens cheering, marketers jeering, and politicians gearing up for similar efforts aimed at stemming the growing tide of unsolicited e-mail — otherwise known as spam — which many fear will increase in response to "do-not-call."
Privacy Appointments (September 1, 2003)
I recently sat down with Virginia Bartlett, chief privacy and security officer at IMS Health, to get her insight about the privacy profession. After six months at the company, Virginia's advice for newly appointed privacy officers is twofold. First, the relationships within your organization — from top to bottom — are most important. You need to build relationships for the long term. She added, "Remember that people make the policy work."
Protecting the Trust of Consumers and Advertisers (September 1, 2003)
Privacy is a concern that uniquely plagues the online industry. Whereas consumers don't seem to mind when their account balance, in-store transaction, catalog purchase, or magazine subscription information is sold, or that security cameras record their comings and goings, ask them to click a few buttons and fill in a few fields on an online form and hear the outcry.
Consumer Relationships in Virtual Commerce (September 1, 2003)
Be explicit about what information is being captured, how much, and by whom, and even take a strong role in evaluating and potentially blocking much of the data being captured third parties, like ad servers, should take significant steps to actively inform consumers of what data they capture and what they are doing with it.
Sharing Data with Business Partners (September 1, 2003)
Introduce a contractual arrangement for the protection of the data. Similarly, in receiving data from your business partners in order to carry out joint marketing operations, ensure that your database does not receive "polluted" or improperly collected data.
The Cost of Spam (September 1, 2003)
Yankee Group reports that one major Internet service provider spends more than $5 million annually on disk storage for spam.