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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.
Notes from the Executive Director (August 1, 2008)
For many of us, August is a sunset month. North of the equator summer takes its last gasp and we rush to fit in vacations, some rest and perhaps a little back-to-school shopping before autumn blows in. As children head back to the classroom, we turn our focus toward some of the special privacy issues facing educational institutions.
Schools Data Breaches (August 1, 2008)
Experts at a higher-education computer security conference this spring said that one in four data security breaches involves educational institutions. In a talk about the growing prevalence of cyber fraud and identity theft, Brian Foster of Symantec Corp.
New CIPP Program Architecture to Debut Next Month (August 1, 2008)
Thinking about joining thousands of privacy professionals by obtaining a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) credential? Next month, the IAPP rolls out an expanded architecture for all existing privacy certifications that also includes the new IT privacy certification, CIPP/IT.
Campus Roundup (August 1, 2008)
From data masking to the societal impact of radio frequency identification, students and faculty at colleges and universities worldwide are creating knowledge in many privacy-related areas.
Global Privacy Dispatches- Canada- Children's Privacy (August 1, 2008)
On June 4, 2008 the federal, provincial and territorial privacy commissioners of Canada issued a joint resolution expressing their commitment to improve online privacy for children and young people.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Updates (August 1, 2008)
Steve MacDonald, general counsel for the Rhode Island School of Design, outlines the most significant of the Department of Education’s proposed amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), identifying key questions and considerations educational institutions should address prior to implementing the new rules.
Some Reflections on Working Document 1/2008 of Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (August 1, 2008)
The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Document 1/2008 launched a public discussion about children’s privacy in the European Union. Diego Ramos outlines the Document, which stresses the importance of applying stricter security measures for handling children’s personal information, and examines key questions about children’s privacy and privacy rights
Russian Data Protection (August 1, 2008)
Officials at the Russian Federal Service for Oversight of Mass Media, Communications and Protection of Cultural Heritage have launched a Web site dedicated to data protection. The site aims to aid compliance with Russia's two-year-old data protection law, The Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Personal Data.
Presidential Campaign (August 1, 2008)
With just three months to go before the 2008 general election, the IAPP is pleased to bring some political passion to the Privacy Academy in Orlando next month. Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr and McCain advisor Orson Swindle will present their campaigns' privacy platforms at the event.
DHS Committee (August 1, 2008)
Daniel Caprio Jr., Global Public Affairs Advisory Council member for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, recently began a multiyear term on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. The committee works to solve prevalent issues at the intersection of business, government and society.
Identity Monitoring Services (August 1, 2008)
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) says that many credit monitoring services are overpriced and not worth the money they cost. The San Diego-based advocacy group has released an online guide with tips on selecting identity-theft monitoring services.
Global Privacy Dispatches- South America- IDPN (August 1, 2008)
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was asked to observe the Iberoamerican Data Protection Network (IDPN) meeting, which was held in Cartagena, Colombia, May 27-29. The IDPN was created in 2003 by the Spanish Data Protection Authority as a forum to advance privacy concepts across Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, and to provide policy guidance and resources based on Spanish law.
Global Privacy Dispatches- Netherlands- Do Not Call Register (August 1, 2008)
The Dutch Senate is considering a legislative proposal for a national Do-Not-Call register. If adopted, the proposal will require businesses and organizations to check the Do-Not-Call register before making unsolicited calls to Dutch telephone subscribers for commercial, idealistic or charitable purposes. If a subscriber is in the register, he may not be called.
Global Privacy Dispatches- Israel- Biometric Database (August 1, 2008)
A draft bill on biometric identification recently has been introduced by the Israeli Home Office. The Israeli government is looking to regulate the legal status of biometric national IDs, travel documents and passports, but its proposal goes one step further than legislation adopted in the more than 40 countries that have already introduced biometric passports, in a way that poses a significant threat to privacy.
Global Privacy Dispatches- France- HR Data Processing (August 1, 2008)
After investigating no fewer than 50 companies on their employment data processing activities over the past year, the French data protection authority (CNIL) has concluded that employee notices are not robust enough, security measures are often weak and data retention procedures are usually non-existent.