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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.
Close Up On… Recent State Action (November 1, 2005)
The House Commerce Committee has replaced a broad spyware bill with language modeled after the California law prior to advancing it out of committee. As passed by the committee on Oct. 19, HB 1697 would make it a felony, subject to 10 years in jail and/or a $25,000 fine, to intentionally copy or install unauthorized "deceptive" software. HB 1697 now goes to the House Floor.
The IAPP's Privacy Academy 2005 Makes Headlines (November 1, 2005)
In a year marked by repeated security breaches that compromised the personal information of millions of people and fueled identity theft crimes and concern, it is no coincidence that the IAPP's membership has increased 100 percent in 2005. This connection, pointed out at the IAPP's Privacy Academy in Las Vegas by Executive Director J. Trevor Hughes, was noted in an article by Privacy & Security Law reporter Barbara Yuill, who attended the Oct. 26-28 event at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa.
Innovation Award Winners Receive Accolades (November 1, 2005)
The announcements at the IAPP's Privacy Academy 2005 of the winners of the HP/IAPP Innovation Award and the IAPP/Deloitte & Touche Vanguard Award generated coverage distributed over the UPI wire.
Successful Meetings Taps The IAPP For ‘Good Policy' On Information Practices (November 1, 2005)
In other IAPP news, Successful Meetings reporter Suzie Amer contacted J. Trevor Hughes, Executive Director of the IAPP, for a story that explored the challenging privacy implications for meeting planners as concerns mount over the protection of personal information. The nature of the industry "makes it especially attractive for data and identity thieves because meeting planners gather large numbers of people and collect all kinds of potentially sensitive data on them."
New Jersey's Identity Theft Prevention Act May Catch You Off-Guard (November 1, 2005)
If your company does business in New Jersey, new laws taking effect Jan. 1, 2006 may require changes to avoid civil and criminal penalties. Acting Governor Richard J. Codey recently signed numerous privacy-related bills, including the "New Jersey Identity Theft Prevention Act," which requires the notification of consumers after a breach.
Microsoft Advocates Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation (November 1, 2005)
Microsoft Corp. is supporting federal data privacy legislation, saying the "time has come" for a strong national standard for privacy protection that will benefit consumers and set clear guidelines for businesses while allowing commerce to flourish. Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, explained recently to the Congressional Internet Caucus in Washington that Microsoft supports a comprehensive federal legislative response for three reasons.
Vontu, Inc. Joins Cyber Security Industry Alliance As Principal Member (November 1, 2005)
The Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) has announced that Vontu, Inc., a company that offers data loss prevention solutions, will have a "strategic level of participation" in CSIA. Vontu will join other industry leaders to enhance global cyber security through public policy, education, awareness and technology.
New Jersey's Identity Theft Law (November 1, 2005)
Read about New Jersey's new identity theft law provisions, beginning Jan. 1, 2006. Provisions include prohibiting any person, including a public or private entity from: Publicly posting or displaying an individual's Social Security number, or any four or more consecutive numbers taken from an individual's Social Security number; Printing an individual's Social Security number on any card required for the individual to access products or services; or requiring an individual to transmit their Social Security number over the Internet, unless the connection is secure or the Social Security number is encrypted.
Notes from the Executive Director (November 1, 2005)
Privacy professionals generated enormous excitement in Las Vegas last month after taking part in the first-rate education, certification and networking opportunities at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2005. The talent and creativity in the privacy profession are exactly the reasons why the IAPP recognizes the achievements of our colleagues.
Privacy Academy 2005 Wrap Up (November 1, 2005)
The IAPP Privacy Academy at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas brought the IAPP's second major event of the year to the great casino city in an effort to determine: Do the things in that happen in Vegas REALLY stay in Vegas? In addition to exploring key themes of identity management and personal surveillance, The IAPP Privacy Academy offered attendees valuable opportunities to network with each other, educate themselves with the latest developments in privacy law, policy and technology — and become certified in their profession.
Privacy in India (November 1, 2005)
As India becomes a leader in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), increasing amounts of personal information from other countries are flowing into India. Questions have been raised about the ability of Indian companies to adequately protect this information. Unfortunately, employees of BPO organizations have misused customers' personal information repeatedly.
Privacy and the Paycheck (November 1, 2005)
Read a Q & A between the IAPP's Executive Director J. Trevor Hughes and Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder and president of the Ponemon Institute, on the Exclusive Findings of the Privacy Professional's Role, Function And Salary Survey.