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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.
ICO Research Project (August 1, 2009)
The British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is soliciting bids for a three-month research project aimed at putting a price tag on failures to protect privacy.
Breaching Data (August 1, 2009)
Seventy percent of UK enterprise and public-sector organizations polled for a Ponemon Institute study have experienced at least one data breach incident within the last year.
CIRA (August 1, 2009)
The nonprofit organization that manages dot-ca domain names has launched consultations on the more privacy-sensitive disclosure policy it introduced last June. Over the next few months, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will conduct one-on-one interviews and surveys and will host forums and open mic sessions to find out what members think of the new rules.
My ID Score (August 1, 2009)
A new Web site helps you assess your identity fraud risk for free. My ID Score runs basic, user-submitted information through a vast fraud database to discover transactions and potential fraudulent activities.
Facebook Grant (August 1, 2009)
Two University of Guelph students will use $50,000 from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to further research on what motivates individuals’ disclosure of personal information on Facebook.