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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.
With privacy law developing, security concerns take precedence at FIFA World Cup (July 8, 2010)
Long before the 2010 FIFA World Cup had all eyes focused on South Africa to see which team would win the coveted top honor, an immense amount of work went on behind the scenes to address the public safety issues that come with any gathering of this size and scope. According to the World Cup 2010 South Africa Web site, for example, various plans were put in place in advance of the event for security purposes, including using satellite monitoring.
Notes from the IAPP President (July 1, 2010)
I am delighted to herald the first all-digital edition of your monthly member newsletter, the Privacy Advisor. A decade into our development as a profession and professional community, today’s digital launch is a fitting step in the evolution of the IAPP.
Smart grids are the future of power, but what does that mean for the future of privacy? (July 1, 2010)
The transmission networks spanning nations to provide light, heat and electricity will soon undergo a radical transformation. Most of the world’s developed countries have invested in or plan to invest huge sums to implement smart energy infrastructures within the next two decades. The “smart grid” will revolutionize the way utilities and consumers measure and monitor electricity usage. It is expected to save money and aid energy conservation. But the grid will also result in massive amounts of new data, data that can reveal intimate details about households and the people who live in them. The risk of exposure or misuse of such data creates a new set of concerns for consumers and privacy professionals.
Call for Papers Open (July 1, 2010)
The International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand (iappANZ) has opened a call for papers for its third annual conference. This year’s event, Silver Lining: The Privacy Umbrella of Cloud Computing, takes place in Sydney, November 30, 2010.
Coverage for fax-blasting claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (July 1, 2010)
The Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision in Penzer v. Transp. Ins. Co., No. SC08-2068, 2010 WL 308043 (Fla. Jan. 28, 2010) (Penzer), adds to the growing trend of cases holding that commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policies provide coverage for claims alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), sometimes known as “blast fax” cases.
Eyes on Israel (July 1, 2010)
Israel has been an active player on the world’s privacy stage in recent years, and the momentum is expected to continue. Later this year, the nation’s data protection authority—the Israeli Law, Information, and Technology Authority (ILITA)—will host the 32nd annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem. The Privacy Advisor
spoke with ILITA chief Yoram Hacohen and Omer Tene, associate professor at the College of Management School of Law and head of the conference steering committee, about recent developments and the upcoming international event.
A simple guide to EU privacy (July 1, 2010)
How can data privacy requirements in the European Union be a driver for data privacy initiatives worldwide? What does it mean to have a Data Privacy Directive for EU member states, and how does this really work in practice? There are no privacy directives worldwide that really match that of the European Union. The Data Protection Directive facilitates harmonization of member states’ laws in providing consistent levels of protections for citizens and ensuring the free flow of personal data within the European Union.
CANADA: Government introduces two bills (July 1, 2010)
On May 25, the government of Canada introduced into the House of Commons two bills to enhance the safety and security of Canadians’ personal information and the online marketplace.
Bill C-29, the Safeguarding Canadians’ Personal Information Act
(SPCIA) amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), the federal legislation that governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by organizations. These amendments are the culmination of the first statutory review of PIPEDA, which commenced, as required, in 2006 and resulted in an extensive report issued in May 2007 by a committee of the House of Commons containing 25 recommendations for consideration by the government.
GERMANY: Draft of new Employee Privacy Act (July 1, 2010)
Further to the recently published guidelines on new employee privacy rules (see the June issue Privacy Advisor
), the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (Bundesinnenministerium - BMI
) on May 28 tabled a first draft of a respective law according to which a new section on employee privacy rules shall be introduced into the German Federal Data Protection Act (FDPA).
Global Privacy Enforcement Network aims to facilitate cooperation (July 1, 2010)
A number of international government agencies have joined to form a Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) in order to facilitate greater cooperation in the global enforcement of privacy laws.
“Because modern commerce increasingly relies on the flow of personal information across national and jurisdictional borders, privacy-related law violations often involve multiple jurisdictions,” says Yael Weinman, counsel for international consumer protection at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). “This requires both a better understanding of the different privacy regimes around the world as well as actual cooperation among privacy enforcement authorities.”
10 in 2010: A Chat with Jonathan Fox (July 1, 2010)
In our continuing celebration of the IAPP’s tenth anniversary, the Privacy Advisor
talks with eBay’s global privacy director, Jonathan Fox. Jonathan became an IAPP member in 2003 and serves as co-chair of the San Francisco KnowledgNet chapter. He has been immersed in consumer privacy issues for a decade, co-founding Sun Microsystem’s Privacy Council in 2000 and co-authoring its Information Technologies Policies for Privacy Compliance, Data Stewardship Guidelines for Privacy, and its Privacy Impact Assessment.