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Global Privacy Dispatches

FRANCE—Expansion of CNIL Investigation Powers Confirmed
In the past few years, the French data protection authority (CNIL) has made itself known for its on-site investigation powers by coming unannounced to the premises of businesses to perform interviews and searches in order to assess compliance with the French Data Protection Act. Read More
FRANCE—The End of Aggressive Cold-Calling?
The new consumer act of March 17 is now in force. Among its key measures, it plans the creation of a centralized do-not call list. Read More
HUNGARY—Hungarian DPA Suggests Refinements in IT Policies
In a recent case, the Hungarian Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság or NAIH) investigated a case where a company had to access its employee’s laptop for compliance reasons and imposed a fine of HUF 1,500,000 (approximately 5,000 euros) for unlawful data processing. Read More
UK—Marketing Companies Punished for Hiding Identity While Making Nuisance Calls
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered two telephone marketing companies to change their practices after more than 100 complaints were made to the ICO that the companies were making nuisance marketing calls. Read More
UK—British Pregnancy Advice Service Fined for Serious Data Breach
The British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) has been fined 200,000 GBPs after a serious breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA) revealed thousands of people's personal details to a malicious hacker. Read More
UK—ICO Publishes Updated PIA Guidance
The UK Information Commissioner's Office has published its updated Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Code of Practice to help organisations comply with their data protection law obligations when they change the way that they use personal data. Read More
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.

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ITALY—Garante’s Provision on Mobile Payment Services
On December 12, 2013, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante) issued a draft general provision on the processing of personal data in the context of mobile remote payment services. This new provision sets the rules for the processing of information about users who purchase digital services and products and pay for them remotely via their phone bills. Read More
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. Read More
Shred-A-Thon Days Tackle ID Theft for Westchester Residents (November 1, 2006)
Westchester County Executive Andrew J. Spano announced the launch of a mobile shredder machine to help residents combat identity theft. Allocated with recycling funds, the $60,000 shred-mobile has capacity to shred 150 pages at one time and hold up to one ton of shredded paper.
Privacy Advisor Catches up with Author Don Tapscott (November 1, 2006)
The Privacy Advisor interviewed Don Tapscott, author of "The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business." Tapscott, an internationally renowned authority on the strategic value and impact of information technology, is working on a new book, "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything." Tapscott was a keynote speaker at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2006 last month in Toronto.
IAPP In The News (November 1, 2006)
IAPP Innovation Award Winners, Privacy Leader of The Year Receive Trophies at Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame. The IAPP Privacy Innovation Awards and the IAPP/Deloitte & Touche Vanguard Award were presented Oct. 19 during an exclusive member reception at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. More than 30 individual organizations participated in the 2006 Innovation Awards, the largest number of nominees ever in the four-year history of this distinguished awards program.
IAPP Networking … Does it Really Work? (November 1, 2006)
In this business, we all seem to work flawlessly in our own separate worlds. The majority of our interactions, socializations and communications are through electronic means, such as email or telephone calls. We live in a fast-paced environment where issues swirl over our heads like a tornado waiting to make its first contact with the ground. If it weren't for events that draw us into the same room, we would never have a face that matches anyone's emails or voices.
The Chapell View - Privacy Challenges Also Present Opportunities (November 1, 2006)
As with many business environments, direct marketing thrives on customer trust. Maybe customers don't always know why they trust a business - the products are better, or more reliable, or they feel more secure - but customer trust helps drive long term profitable relationships. One element of trust that we're hearing more about these days, especially as the promise of 'personalized' marketing develops, is how information is collected and used. And with such increasing information use comes an increased set of privacy-related challenges, issues - and yes, opportunities.
Notes from the Executive Director (November 1, 2006)
The pace of the IAPP's privacy events and the enormously successful Academy conference in Toronto last month are indicative of the demand in the marketplace for privacy pros and the IAPP's role as the leading professional organization for our growing global ranks. The IAPP Privacy Academy 2006, our first conference outside the U.S., served as the backdrop for the launch of our new CIPP/C program for Canadian privacy pros. The Toronto conference, which attracted 750 attendees, was our most successful Academy in our 5-year history.
The IAPP Hosts More Than 750 Privacy Pros, Speakers in Toronto for First Conference Outside the U.S. (November 1, 2006)
The IAPP Privacy Academy 2006 in Toronto served as the debut for the IAPP's new certification credential, the CIPP/C, the first professional credential for Canadian privacy professionals, and showcased the IAPP's commitment to serve its domestic and international members with educational content tailored for Canada's privacy scheme and laws.
The Chapell View - Privacy Challenges Also Present Opportunities (November 1, 2006)
As with many business environments, direct marketing thrives on customer trust. Maybe customers don't always know why they trust a business - the products are better, or more reliable, or they feel more secure - but customer trust helps drive long term profitable relationships. One element of trust that we're hearing more about these days, especially as the promise of 'personalized' marketing develops, is how information is collected and used. And with such increasing information use comes an increased set of privacy-related challenges, issues - and yes, opportunities.
IAPP Networking … Does It Really Work? (November 1, 2006)
In this business, we all seem to work flawlessly in our own separate worlds. The majority of our interactions, socializations and communications are through electronic means, such as email or telephone calls. We live in a fast-paced environment where issues swirl over our heads like a tornado waiting to make its first contact with the ground. If it weren't for events that draw us into the same room, we would never have a face that matches anyone's emails or voices.
IAPP Innovation Award Winners, Privacy Leader of The Year Receive Trophies at Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame (November 1, 2006)
The IAPP Privacy Innovation Awards and the IAPP/Deloitte & Touche Vanguard Award were presented Oct. 19 during an exclusive member reception at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

More than 30 individual organizations participated in the 2006 Innovation Awards, the largest number of nominees ever in the four-year history of this distinguished awards program.
Privacy Advisor Catches up with Author Don Tapscott (November 1, 2006)
The Privacy Advisor interviewed Don Tapscott, author of "The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business." Tapscott, an internationally renowned authority on the strategic value and impact of information technology, is working on a new book, "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything." Tapscott was a keynote speaker at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2006 last month in Toronto.
Announcing Extension of Public Comment Period Related to Prerecorded Telemarketing (November 1, 2006)
The FTC has approved the publication of a Federal Register notice announcing the extension of the public comment period on two proposed amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR).
Chief Privacy Officer Still a "Hot Job" Today (November 1, 2006)
The privacy profession has seen a surge in its ranks as companies focus on proactive ways to prevent data breaches and improve data security, according to attorney Joe Murphy who specializes in ethics and compliance, recently interviewed for the Courier Post Online.
ChoicePoint Names Carol DiBattiste General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer (November 1, 2006)
Carol DiBattiste, former federal prosecutor and executive with the U.S. Department of Justice, has been named ChoicePoint's General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, after having served as the company's Chief Credentialing, Compliance and Privacy Officer since April 2005.
Facebook Adds More Privacy Controls (November 1, 2006)
As Facebook relaxes its enrollment eligibility requirements to only a valid email address, members can now take advantage of the site's industry-leading privacy controls.
NASCIO Releases Research Brief for State CIOs (November 1, 2006)
NASCIO's Security and Privacy Committee has released its latest research brief, "Keeping Citizen Trust: What Can a State CIO Do to Protect Privacy?" This research examines how privacy in the state government context has evolved as a defining issue in response to rapidly changing technological advances and the complexities of a fast-paced world.
AOL Names Jules Polonetsky Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Vice President Consumer Advocacy (November 1, 2006)
AOL recently announced the appointment of their first Chief Privacy Officer. Jules Polonetsky, CIPP, will lead all of AOL's activities related to privacy policies and procedures. He and his team will formulate and enforce standards for a wide range of consumer issues, including privacy, ad policy, accessibility, content guidelines, community practices, child safety and general online security.
Martha Rogers Joins Board of Directors of Click Tactics (November 1, 2006)
Recognized as one of the world's leading experts on customer-based business strategies and growing customer value, Peppers and Rogers Group founding partner Martha Rogers, Ph.D, has joined the Board of Click Tactics, Inc., a leading multichannel marketing services provider for Global 2000 companies.
The IAPP Hosts More Than 750 Privacy Pros, Speakers in Toronto for First Conference Outside the U.S. (November 1, 2006)
The IAPP Privacy Academy 2006 in Toronto served as the debut for the IAPP's new certification credential, the CIPP/C, the first professional credential for Canadian privacy professionals, and showcased the IAPP's commitment to serve its domestic and international members with educational content tailored for Canada's privacy scheme and laws.
Notes from the Executive Director (November 1, 2006)
The pace of the IAPP's privacy events and the enormously successful Academy conference in Toronto last month are indicative of the demand in the marketplace for privacy pros and the IAPP's role as the leading professional organization for our growing global ranks. The IAPP Privacy Academy 2006, our first conference outside the U.S., served as the backdrop for the launch of our new CIPP/C program for Canadian privacy pros. The Toronto conference, which attracted 750 attendees, was our most successful Academy in our 5-year history.
Protecting Customers' Privacy Through Consistent Development Practices (November 1, 2006)
As consumers increasingly rely on the Internet for shopping, banking, e-government and other activities, privacy has become both a major public concern and a barrier to the growth of Internet services and online commerce. Widely publicized data breaches, alarming statistics about privacy incidents and fear of identity theft all threaten to erode trust in the Internet. In fact, RSA Security's 2006 Internet Confidence Index found that nearly half of U.S. consumers have "little or no confidence" that organizations are taking sufficient steps to protect their personal data.
Secure Webmail 101: Communicating Securely with the Consumer Base (November 1, 2006)
Ever since the noteworthy ChoicePoint data breach of 163,000 consumer account profiles last year, public concern for personal information privacy has been steadily growing. Companies have been scrambling to protect their online systems from hacking, and deploying laptop security solutions to help prevent a data breach in the event of device theft. Much attention has been paid to protecting consumers through stronger authentication and data security, but what about via email?
Privacy News (November 1, 2006)
Recognized as one of the world's leading experts on customer-based business strategies and growing customer value, Peppers and Rogers Group founding partner Martha Rogers, Ph.D, has joined the Board of Click Tactics, Inc., a leading multichannel marketing services provider for Global 2000 companies.

Of this appointment, Click Tactics CEO, Andrew Frawley, said "Martha is one of the most influential business thought-leaders of our time, with an unwavering commitment to driving customer-centric concepts and practices forward. Her expertise and energy will give our customers a significant advantage in developing programs focused on moving their customer relationships and business growth to new levels."