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Global Privacy Dispatches

POLAND—DPA vs. Google on the Information Security Administrator
The Supreme Administrative Court, in its judgment of 21 February, supported the position adopted by the Polish Data Protection Authority (DPA) in its decision issued towards Google, Inc. Read More
UK—ICO Issues 50,000 GBP Fine for Unsolicited Calls
The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined home improvement company Amber Windows 50,000 GBP after an investigation discovered they had made unsolicited marketing calls to individuals who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service. Read More
UK—ICO Publishes Plans for 2014-17
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has published its three-year corporate plan, setting out how it intends to address and tackle the challenges it faces in information regulation. Read More
UK—Disclosure and Barring Service Warned After Collecting Unnecessary Sensitive Data
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled that the Disclosure and Barring Service breached the Data Protection Act after failing to stop the collection of information about convictions that were no longer required for employment checks. Read More
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
Privacy News (February 1, 2007)
Privacy pros with experience in diverse industries and disciplines are working with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world's largest association for the privacy profession, to identify educational programming that captures emerging privacy issues while offering a range of advanced and general topics across industry sectors.
IAPP in the News-Canadian Privacy Law Review Showcases the CIPP/C (February 1, 2007)
The launch of the IAPP's newest certification program for Canadian privacy professionals - the CIPP/C - was featured recently in the December 2006 issue of Canadian Privacy Law Review. The article, "Birth of a Credential: How the IAPP Created the First Professional Certification for Canadian Privacy," outlines the creation of the CIPP/C, from its inception at an informal discussion of Canadian and U.S. privacy officers to the premiere of the first CIPP/C exam at the IAPP's Privacy Academy in Toronto in October 2006.
Web Watch-Understanding the Security and Privacy Implications of Web 2.0 (February 1, 2007)
A car that has fewer options has fewer things that can break. Power steering, power locks, power seats, seat warmers and the myriad of other car features provide a better experience, but they also have more items that require maintenance.
New Faces, New Roles at the IAPP (February 1, 2007)
As of January, we are pleased to welcome a new member to our publications staff and congratulate several staff members as they transition into new roles within the organization.
Privacy in the New Congress: Predictions for 2007 (February 1, 2007)
Now that the Democratic Party has control of Congress after 12 years of Republican rule, gonzo pundits to armchair politicians are predicting big changes in the next two years. While it is likely that the new Congress will spend a considerable portion of its time debating the Iraq war, the proposed minimum wage and other high-profile issues, privacy is expected to be among the issues Congress confronts.
Privacy Career Planning: Tips from Successful Privacy Pros (February 1, 2007)
At the IAPP Privacy Summit 07 in D.C. next month, Alan Chapell will participate in a panel, Privacy Career Planning: Guidance from Successful Privacy Leaders. His co-panelists, representing some of the smartest in the profession, will discuss different privacy structures and roles, and share insights into how each organization embraces privacy as a career path. Chapell - eager to get the conversation started on a topic that he believes gets short shrift - is sharing a few observations about the privacy profession.
Registration for IAPP Privacy Summit 07 Outpaces Previous Attendance Benchmarks (February 1, 2007)
Privacy is hot in Washington right now, which makes the IAPP Privacy Summit 07 the perfect venue for some of the most influential figures in the privacy arena. Among the top keynote draws for the Summit are U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, who will be joining Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras and other esteemed speakers to address a standing-room-only crowd of about 1,000 attendees.
Notes from the Executive Director (February 1, 2007)
As the ranks of privacy pros continue to swell, the IAPP is constantly tested to continually serve our members by not only meeting, but exceeding, the profession's expectations. The IAPP takes on this challenge with zeal in our efforts to consistently offer you the best in education, certification and networking.
Healthcare Privacy in 2007 (February 1, 2007)
The focus of healthcare privacy in 2007 will be on new enforcement issues, new opportunities and challenges related to the use of healthcare information. We also expect a renewed and continuing debate on whether new legislation is needed to address changes to the healthcare privacy environment.
VIEWPOINT-Data Breaches and Identity Theft: Trends, Misperceptions and Opportunities (February 1, 2007)
The year 2006 will be remembered as "The Year of the Breach" by many privacy professionals. The theft of a laptop from the home of a Veterans Administration employee, which appeared to put millions of veterans at risk of identity theft, galvanized the news media. The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) stunning $10 million fine against ChoicePoint for failing to adequately secure consumers' sensitive data also garnered its share of the 2006 media spotlight - as did the HP pretexting scandal stemming from the botched board room leak probe.