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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.
Global Privacy Dispatches- Hot Topics of 2008 (January 1, 2008)
The hottest topic within the UK in 2008 will be informational security. The HMRC data loss case in November has generated massive, worldwide publicity, but there are many other reasons why this will be the number one privacy issue at boardroom level in 2008.
Global Privacy Dispatches- Privacy Predictions (January 1, 2008)
The world is currently producing between 1 and 2 exabytes of unique information per year (an exabyte is a billion gigabytes or 1018 bytes). This type of volume of data production, a subset of which is personal information production, creates fundamental controllability issues with respect to data management. Personal information increasingly is stored on a disparate array of storage mediums, from paper archives to optical disks and portable devices, and the challenge of managing this is multiplying.
Global Privacy Dispatches- Netherlands- Personal Data (January 1, 2008)
The Dutch DPA has announced a focus on the publication of personal data on the Internet after releasing draft guidelines in October. It subsequently has discussed these draft guidelines with industry organizations and governmental bodies. The DPA expects to formally establish the guidelines and start active enforcement in 2008.
Debix ID Theft Solution (January 1, 2008)
Debix, the Identity Protection Network, recently announced that it stopped a record 71 identity theft attacks in August while safely opening more than 10,000 new credit accounts for its 275,000 members and banks.
Ontario Privacy Commissioner (January 1, 2008)
The Women's Executive Network, in its annual list of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada, named Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, as one of the honorees in the "Trailblazers and Trendsetters" category for her groundbreaking work in protecting privacy. Cavoukian, who has won a number of awards both in Canada and internationally, is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world.
ComputerWorld Poll (January 1, 2008)
For the second year in a row, Hunton & Williams LLP has been named the top firm for privacy by Computerworld. The poll, by columnist Jay Cline, CIPP, surveyed 400 corporate privacy leaders in North America and Europe. In an accompanying article, "The Best Privacy Advisors in 2007," Lisa Sotto, head of the Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Management practice, was voted "privacy guru" and the top choice for U.S.-based issues.
Operation Virtual Shield (January 1, 2008)
IBM has announced a new project with the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to implement one of the most advanced city-wide intelligent video security systems. The project is a part of Chicago's Operation Virtual Shield.
Best privacy advisers named (January 1, 2008)
Several IAPP members were included in Computerworld's 2008 rankings of the best privacy advisers. The New York-based law firm Hunton & Williams took top honors. The results are based on a survey of 2,000 data protection officers.
IAPP in the News (January 1, 2008)
During a recent (ISC)2 SecureBoston conference in Quincy, Mass., industry experts stressed the importance of aligning the privacy and security resources within an organization — especially in the area of devising an effective breach response plan. SearchSecurity.com covered the event, highlighting comments from IAPP Assistant Director, Peter Kosmala, CIPP.
CompliancePoint (January 1, 2008)
PossibleNOW, a provider of consumer privacy preference management consulting services and technology solutions, has named its direct marketing compliance consulting and audit services division as CompliancePoint.
Globa Privacy Dispatches- Canada- Private Sector Predictions (January 1, 2008)
From 2003 to 2007, increased investment in privacy was intended to achieve compliance with Canada's consent-based privacy laws. Next year, compliance will remain the cornerstone of privacy in Canada, but the focus will shift. In 2008, corporate Canada will invest in privacy management to reduce the likelihood of data breaches.
Data Breach Legislation 2.0 (January 1, 2008)
The passage of state data breach laws has lead to unprecedented public focus on the problem. Where data breaches once went unreported, now they are regularly front page news, and public concern about identity theft is at an all time high. State legislatures are responding by rolling out tough new data breach laws that authorize third party claims against breached parties and impose strict security requirements modeled on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). Louis Salazar CIPP considers the changing landscape and discusses the new legislation afoot in various states.
Notes from the Executive Director (January 1, 2008)
As we turn the corner on another year, we have an opportunity to consider the privacy issues that may emerge in 2008 or continue to percolate from last year. This special issue is filled with provocative thoughts from some of the top privacy experts from around the world. Not one to miss the fun, here are some of my personal thoughts on what 2008 may bring to the privacy field
2008 Predictions (January 1, 2008)
Leading privacy experts from around the world provide their insights on the privacy challenges that they believe will dominate in 2008. Diverse views on up-and-coming privacy issues in government and legislation, the legal, financial, and healthcare sectors, and in business and advertising are presented.