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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 (June 1, 2007)
Paula J. Bruening has been appointed Deputy Executive Director for The Center for Information Policy Leadership and Senior Policy Advisor at Hunton & Williams LLP. Bruening joins the firm after having served as counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit public interest organization, where she focused on cyber-privacy issues.
Ask the Privacy Expert (June 1, 2007)
A reader last month submitted the following question to Ask the Privacy Expert:
IAPP in the News (June 1, 2007)
Acuity Mobile, a provider of targeted mobile content delivery technology, recently announced the addition of Alan Chapell, CIPP, as a new board member and executive advisor. Chapell will advise Acuity Mobile on the latest issues surrounding the Chapell is widely recognized as an industry leader on issues of privacy in mobile ecosystems and interactive media.
Global Privacy Dispatches (June 1, 2007)
The much-anticipated report of the Parliamentary Committee that conducted the statutory 5-year review of Canada's privacy law - the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) - was tabled recently in the House of Commons.
Notes from the Executive Director (June 1, 2007)
In May, the list of security breaches continued to grow with new entries for lost and stolen laptops and tapes containing sensitive data. We also learned new details of the financial damage facing TJX Cos., a price tag that already has cost the company $25 million, with no end in sight. The legal fallout continues to take shape for TJX, which is faced with multiple class action lawsuits and investigations by regulators. It seems obvious that companies would have learned - either by the excruciating example of others or their own data security blunders - that breach prevention is a wise up-front investment.
TK Maxx Data Theft - Views from the UK (June 1, 2007)
In January this year, news broke of a massive credit- and payment- card data theft from TK Maxx (the UK division of TJ Maxx). TJX, the parent company, said that the theft occurred in May 2006, but it did not discover this until December 2006. In an updated announcement in February, it said the theft might have occurred in July 2005, but in papers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in March, it clarified that 45.6 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen over 18 months.