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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.
Privacy News (April 1, 2007)
IBM recently announced the development of software that allows people to hide or anonymize their personal information on the Web, ensuring protection from identity theft and other misuse. Developed by researchers at IBM's laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, the software - called Identity Mixer - will enable consumers to purchase goods and services on the Internet without disclosing personal information.
Regulator Chat (April 1, 2007)
The Privacy Advisor Interviews Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, Winner of the IAPP's 2007 Privacy Leadership Award, About Her Priorities and Accomplishments
UK Information Commissioner Calls for Global Harmonization of Privacy Laws (April 1, 2007)
"We must all do global privacy better. Information flows do not recognize international boundaries. We can no longer go on with different privacy controls in different parts of the world. Inconsistencies cause unnecessary confusion and complexity, increased costs and reduced consumer trust and confidence.
IAPP Board President Featured in Podcast (April 1, 2007)
IAPP Board President Kirk M. Herath, CIPP/G, Associate Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel for Nationwide Insurance Companies, was featured in a podcast produced by Aldo Castaneda of The Story of Digital Identity (STODID), who attended the Summit to interview leading privacy professionals on a range of privacy and technology topics.
And the Winner Isâ€¦ (April 1, 2007)
Congratulations to Orrie Dinstein of GE Commercial Finance, winner of the "What Is a Privacy Pro?" Challenge, underwritten by KPMG. Orrie aptly defined the role of a privacy professional with this entry:
Notes from the Executive Director (April 1, 2007)
We're barely back from our most spectacular conference ever, but our aggressive agenda for 2007 requires that we dig in to duplicate our successes for upcoming events. Before I share with you the details of some exciting new IAPP offerings we have in store for our members, I want to look back briefly at the IAPP Privacy Summit 07 and what made the event so successful.
Breaking Down Medical Identity Theft (April 1, 2007)
By examining two well-documented instances of medical identity theft, we can begin to understand this type of identity theft's impact on its patient victims, the financial consequences, its methods of operation, healthcare's institutional vulnerabilities and how the healthcare industry can avert truly disastrous consequences.
VIEWPOINT: Your CEO's Privacy Agenda (April 1, 2007)
Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems told attendees of the IAPP Privacy Summit last month how to get their CEOs' attention: Feed their home security cameras straight to YouTube and then post their tax returns on the Internet.