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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.
Truste Acquires Haute Secure (May 1, 2009)
Privacy trustmark provider TRUSTe has acquired Haute Secure. Haute Secure develops Web site scanning and anti-malware technology. The purchase allows TRUSTe to expand its services; among other additions, the company will begin offering reputation and anti-malware scanning services for browsers, Web sites, and online communities.
Employee monitoring technologies and data privacy - no one-size-fits-all globally (May 1, 2009)
When it comes to protecting intellectual property, ensuring productivity, and identifying bad behavior, the tools available to employers are many and powerful. But their use poses legal risks and challenges. In this article, Lothar Determann and Lars Brauer shed light on the legal environment surrounding employee monitoring. This is the first article in a Privacy Advisor series on workplace and employee privacy. In future months we'll explore the privacy-related concerns surrounding background checks, employee surveillance, safekeeping HR data, and more.
AEPD Releases 2008 Report (May 1, 2009)
The director of the Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD), Artemia Rallo, has released his annual report for 2008. The agency filed 2,362 claims in 2008, an increase of 45 percent over 2007 figures. The sectors garnering the highest number of claims were telecommunications, financial, and video. Complaints related to Internet search engines saw the biggest increase overall.
VLRC on CCTV (May 1, 2009)
The use of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) in public places has grown rapidly in Melbourne and other areas of Australia, prompting the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) to propose regulations on its use. “Surveillance affects all Victorians, whether we are shopping, catching public transport, driving on major roads, or attending a sporting event,” said VLRC chairperson Neil Rees.
New Privacy Blogs (May 1, 2009)
Two new privacy blogs have entered the sphere. THE COGITATIO PRIVATIM BLOG features regular postings from Camouflage Software’s recently CIPP/C-certified Director of Privacy Research David Morgan. www.datamasking.com/blog
Curran Heads NAI (May 1, 2009)
Charles Curran is the new executive director and general counsel of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI). Curran joins the organization after a 12-year stint as AOL’s chief counsel for policy and regulatory matters. Before AOL he was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Wolf joins Hogan & Hartson (May 1, 2009)
Christopher Wolf has joined Hogan & Hartson’s Washington, DC office as a partner. Wolf will co-chair the firm’s privacy group.
OPC Publishes DPI Research (May 1, 2009)
The privacy commissioner of Canada has released a series of essays on the subject of deep packet inspection. The essays are intended to give Canadians more insight into a method that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has received a number of complaints about.