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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 (June 1, 2010)
Let no one say that our world is getting less complex. Our June delegate tour through Europe revealed quite the opposite.
Ubiquitous biometrics (June 1, 2010)
At a recent biometrics conference, Dr. Myra Gray, the director of the Department of Defense Biometrics Task Force, discussed the impending arrival of “ubiquitous biometrics.“ She emphasized that biometrics are being widely used for national security, physical access control, and individual identification for countless types of transactions. As this particular conference was focused on implementation of Homeland Security Directive 24 mandating interoperability between certain governmental biometric systems, she and others spoke of the value of ubiquitous biometrics for national security and everyday conveniences.
Winning support from senior management and others (June 1, 2010)
This article is the third in a series contributed by MediaPro, Inc., in which privacy and data protection thought leaders from leading organizations share best practices for addressing the human factor in compliance and data protection programs and implementing a successful privacy and data security awareness and training initiative.
Promoting privacy to your IT group: The CIPP/IT pilot project (June 1, 2010)
“I found that by preparing for the CIPP/IT certification I was able to develop an appreciation and a level of awareness for privacy I didn’t have before. I believe this awareness will allow me to think broader and consider impacts beyond the immediate solutions.“ — Employee, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Privacy and the Vancouver Olympics: Games over, cameras going away (June 1, 2010)
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics marked the first time the games would be held on the North American continent in the post-9/11 world of enhanced security considerations after the terrorist attacks against the United States. With the games came increased concerns about protecting the international athletes and visitors who would flock to Vancouver to take part in the Olympics, and with those concerns came the need to balance personal privacy with personal safety.
Cloud computing paper (June 1, 2010)
In March 2010, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) published a paper that discusses the privacy issues raised by the increasing use of cloud computing, including issues related to jurisdiction, security, misuse of data, data retention, and lawful access.
Federal Ministry of the Interior: Guidelines for new employee privacy law (June 1, 2010)
As announced by the German Federal Government in its privacy work program that formed part of its coalition agreement (see the Global Privacy Dispatch in the January issue of the Privacy Advisor), the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (Bundesinnenministerium - BMI) published on March 31 first guidelines for a new section on employee privacy rules to be introduced into the German Federal Data Protection Act (FDPA).
Internet privacy in Poland: Best practices code in the making (June 1, 2010)
The Polish celebration of the Fourth International Data Protection Day on January 28 was marked by the signing of an agreement between the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection (DPA) and ‘the Interactive Advertising Bureau Polska’ (IAB Poland), the Internet industry employers’ association in Poland. The agreement aims at developing a best practices code for Internet privacy.
Mandatory data-wipe for electronic devices? (June 1, 2010)
Manufacturers of electronic equipment should be forced to integrate into their devices an easy and free way to delete all personal data, says the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). In addition, the sale of used devices that have not been properly wiped should be prohibited.
JPCA launches Puraken test (June 1, 2010)
The Japan Privacy Consultants Association (JPCA), in collaboration with academic and industry interests, has launched a new privacy test—Puraken. The test is designed to help consumers, especially younger consumers, gain knowledge about online privacy.
Privacy papers for policy makers (June 1, 2010)
The Future of Privacy Forum has launched a project designed to inform policymakers about important privacy issues. The FPF will accept submissions for the “Privacy Papers for Policy Makers” project through July 15.
Zeltzer Hutnik named partner (June 1, 2010)
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has elected Alysa Zeltzer Hutnik as a partner at the firm’s Washington, DC offices. Zeltzer Hutnik is a member of Kelley Drye’s advertising and marketing, and privacy and information security practice groups.