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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.
New No-Fax Rules Addressed at IAPP Audio Conference (December 10, 2006)
BNA's recent news coverage of the IAPP Audio Conference on the Junk Fax Prevention Act Implementation strongly suggests that those who engage in fax advertising must fully understand and comply with the FCC's new no-fax rules.
TRUSTe Launches Trusted Download Beta Program to Certify That Consumer Software Is Not Spyware (December 1, 2006)
Microsoft, AOL, CA, CNET Networks, Verizon and Yahoo! support TRUSTe's efforts to provide market incentives and enforcement.
TRUSTe and sponsors representing leading content and search providers, anti-spyware vendors and online advertisers have announced that software publishers may begin submitting requests to join the Trusted Download Program, a program to certify consumer downloadable software programs.
Hunton & Williams Grows London Office with New Hire (December 1, 2006)
London data protection, outsourcing and IT lawyer Bridget Treacy is joining Hunton & Williams LLP as Partner in both its Global Technology and Outsourcing and Privacy and Information Management practice groups.
Treacy, who will be based out of the firm's London office, will play a leading role in the expansion of the firm's global sourcing and data protection practice areas, especially with UK-based enterprises and financial institutions.
Cline Leaves Carlson to Start Own Privacy Consultancy (December 1, 2006)
After six years serving as the travel and leisure conglomerate's first chief privacy officer, IAPP member Jay Cline is launching his own firm, Minnesota Privacy Consultants.
"I want to help make the Twin Cities the best place in America for privacy," Cline told the Advisor. "We have the right culture here to make privacy one of our community values."
ISC2 Names First Recipient of 'Rising Star' Award for Innovation, Leadership (December 1, 2006)
The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2®, the non-profit global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers, has named Kristin Parker, CISSP, of Booz Allen Hamilton its Rising Star Award winner at the Information Security Executive (ISE) National Awards at the CSI Executive Retreat in Orlando, Florida.
Intel Announces Open-Style License to Preserve Information Privacy (December 1, 2006)
Intel is offering an open-source-style license after consulting with a group of privacy law experts, according to the company's Web site.
The open-source licensing model was developed in conjunction with Intel's release of a location-aware software platform.
InformationWeek Turns to the IAPP Board for Privacy Expertise (December 1, 2006)
InformationWeek's John Soat knows where to call when it comes to finding experts to comment on the best ways for companies to approach privacy.
The IAPP Board President and two board members were among the expert privacy sources Soat tapped for his Nov. 20 cover story, "Privacy: The Problem That Won't Go Away."
Reporters Dial-In For Privacy Predictions With the New Congress (December 1, 2006)
Eager for an expert assessment on how the new political landscape in Washington will likely impact privacy and security legislation, reporters dialed in for the IAPP's well-attended Nov. 16 audio conference, "Privacy, Security and the New Congress: What to Expect in 2007."
Among the ink that the IAPP received for the audio conference, which was co-sponsored by (ISC)2 and Larstan's Black Book Series, was Greg Piper's lead story in the Nov. 20 edition of Washington Internet Daily. Other reporters who listened in were Don Alpin of BNA's Privacy & Security Law Report, Theresa Defino of the AIS Report On Patient Privacy and Cory Levine of Wall Street & Technology.
VIEWPOINT - Security and Privacy Challenges in the Decade Ahead (December 1, 2006)
Predicting security and privacy challenges 10 years ahead is a daunting task, and one almost certainly doomed to failure. So I thought it might be more useful - as well as safer - to identify six issues proving problematic today, and that I believe are going to be even more vexing in the future.
California Security Freeze Act Decision Could Set the Stage for Constitutional Challenges in Other States (December 1, 2006)
A California Court of Appeal decision issued October 30, 2006, could have a dramatic impact on the constitutionality of more than 20 other state credit freeze laws that lawmakers and consumer advocates have touted as a mainstay of prevention against identity theft.
The court, in the case of The U.D. Registry, Inc. v. The State of California, ruled that California's Security Freeze Act violates the First Amendment because it precludes credit reporting agencies from reporting information contained in public records, including court files. Passage of Security Freeze Acts has been the centerpiece of the Consumers Union's National Financial Privacy Now campaign. In fact, the California Security Freeze Act's provisions are similar to the statutory language the group recommends for other states considering freeze legislation. Given its constitutional dimensions and California's leadership on privacy issues, the decision is certain to have repercussions throughout the U.S.
Notes from the Executive Director (December 1, 2006)
The IAPP, in conjunction with the (ISC)2, recently held a well-attended audio conference with leading experts to assess the political changes in Washington after the election last month and what the changing political landscape means for privacy and security legislation.
At the end of the 90-minute discussion, one thing was clear: even the experts don't agree on what potential action is likely under Democratic control in Congress. The opinions ranged from no legislation to relatively quick action on federal breach notification and pretexting bills.
KnowledgeNet (December 1, 2006)
Boston's chapter of the IAPP KnowledgeNet welcomed a new team of co-chairs during the summer. Agnes Bundy Scanlan, CIPP, counsel with the Boston office of law firm Goodwin Procter LLP and an IAPP board member; Joan Quinn, privacy manager at Bank of America; and Mike Spinney, CIPP, principal of the communications firm SixWeight constitute the Boston chapter's new team.
The Chapell View - The 411 on Targeting Ads to Cell Phone Users (December 1, 2006)
One of the most cited features of mobile phones is just how personal they are. Mobile devices are frequently used, rarely shared and often carried with consumers wherever they go - a recipe unmatched by most other forms of media. But just how adept are mobile marketers at using personalization?
Networking Abounds During IAPP Privacy Dinner (December 1, 2006)
The IAPP's Privacy Dinner held last month at The Willard Hotel was closed to the media, but it did not escape attention.
Dave Morgan, Chairman of Tacoda, was a guest at the IAPP's networking dinner, which gathered Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, top CPOs, regulators, attorneys and consultants. Morgan mentioned the import of the dinner in a column that ran Nov. 9 in MediaPostPublication's OnlineSPIN.