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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.
Toward a More Secure Information Society: The European Commission's Latest Views (August 1, 2006)
In a recent communication titled, "A Strategy for a Secure Information Society - Dialogue, Partnership and Empowerment" (COM(2006)251), the European Commission underscores the importance of continuous cooperation among different stakeholders to improve and information security (NIS). This communication is mainly aimed at "updating" the Commission's previous strategy - which dates from 2001 - in light of the newest security challenges that the Information Society is facing today.
Notes from the Executive Director (August 1, 2006)
Soon after the story broke that AOL had inadvertently released search data for research purposes, it was clear that there would be swift and certain consequences.
Close-Up On Recent State Action: States Continue To Pass Security Breach Notification Laws (August 1, 2006)
Internet bills were drastically amended in California; the Florida Legislature presented a bill to create criminal penalties for sending false or misleading electronic mail; New Hampshire and Hawaii passed bills related to sending notices for security breaches; New York passed the Anti-Phishing Act of 2006 and the Modem Hijacking Deterrence Act; Louisiana passed a bill to make fraudulent use of another's personal identifying information illegal and is considering a spyware bill; industry is concerned about broad language in New Jersey's spyware bill.
Microsoft Case Study (August 1, 2006)
"Microsoft has been a leader and active participant in the 'layered' privacy notice initiative, with MSN being one of the first sites to adopt this approach. We believe that the layered privacy notice represents a significant step forward in the area of privacy disclosures and will make it much easier for users to understand a company's privacy practices and to make informed decisions.
Knowledgenet - "Salsa and Sushi" for Breakfast at Ernst & Young's Ft. Lauderdale Office (August 1, 2006)
Peggy Eisenhauer, CIPP, and the founder of Privacy & Information Management Services - Margaret P. Eisenhauer, P.C., inaugurated the first Florida KnowledgeNet on July 19th with a presentation titled, "Salsa and Sushi." Eisenhauer's presentation addressed the current state of privacy in Mexico, Central and Latin America and the APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) countries.
Congratulations, Certified Professionals! (August 1, 2006)
The following individuals successfully passed the CIPP and CIPP/G examinations this summer. Please join IAPP in saluting our newest graduates in an ever-growing class of IAPP certified professionals!
HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation Awards (August 1, 2006)
The IAPP, in conjunction with award sponsor HP, have announced a call for entries for the 2006 Privacy Innovation Award.
D.C. KnowledgeNet Generates Coverage (August 1, 2006)
A reporter with the National Journal's Tech Daily joined privacy pros in late July for a networking session, "RFID Technology and Privacy Best Practices for Its Deployment."
New DHS Privacy Chief Vows to Sit for CIPP Exam (August 1, 2006)
Hugo Teufel, the new DHS Chief Privacy Officer, told a GovExec.com reporter that he planned to sit for the CIPP test. The reporter, Daniel Pulliam, noted in his article that a CIPP credential is a "certification demonstrating the mastery of a standard body of knowledge relating to privacy law."
Privacy Commissioner of Canada Awards $388,319 for Research on Privacy Issues (August 1, 2006)
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, announced that 11 organizations will be awarded a total of $388,319 through her Office's Contributions Program for research into emerging privacy issues, including surveillance technologies, privacy policies aimed at children and the use of DNA in the criminal justice system.
Ontario's Privacy Chief Issues RFID Privacy Guidelines (August 1, 2006)
Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, this summer issued a report, "Privacy Guidelines for RFID Information Systems," intended to serve as privacy "best practices" for organizations designing and operating Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) information technologies and systems.
DHS Secretary Appoints New CPO (August 1, 2006)
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has appointed Hugo Teufel III as the Chief Privacy Officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).