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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.
Experts: ECPA Reform Is Essential (September 24, 2010)
The experts agree: 24 years is long enough without a revision of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
Notes from the Executive Director (September 1, 2010)
We are busy with final preparations for the upcoming Privacy Academy, and I am very excited to let you know that in addition to FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director David Vladeck and European Parliamentarian Alexander Alvaro, media commentator Bob Garfield will join us to deliver a keynote address.
Practical strategies for creating a privacy culture in your organization (September 1, 2010)
Some of the most common privacy breaches happen when personal information is stolen, lost or mistakenly disclosed. Most of these breaches could have been avoided if the individual involved simply thought about privacy before acting. What’s needed is an environment, or “culture,” where protecting clients’ privacy is top of mind for every employee whenever that person handles personal information—a privacy culture.
CANADA: OPC report on mortgage broker audit (September 1, 2010)
In her 2009 Annual Report to Parliament, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada reported on an audit of selected mortgage brokers conducted by her office. Within a few months during 2008, 14 mortgage brokers in Ontario advised the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) of breaches involving personal information, raising concerns about the privacy practices of these mortgage brokers.
GERMANY: Draft law regarding Google Street View (September 1, 2010)
On July 9, the German Bundesrat (i.e., the Assembly of the Bundesländer
) adopted a draft law that aims to extend the Federal Data Protection Act to usage of people's images and that of their homes in online street panoramas such as Google Street View.
Maureen Cooney joins Sprint (September 1, 2010)
Maureen Cooney, CIPP, CIPP/G, has joined Sprint as its deputy chief privacy officer. In her new role, Cooney will lead Sprint’s privacy office.
Name the vanguard (September 1, 2010)
Do you know someone whose work in the privacy profession outshines that of most? Nominate that person for the IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award. Each year, the IAPP honors the individual professional who has best demonstrated outstanding leadership, knowledge and creativity in the field of privacy and data protection with this award.
Privacy Maturity Model comments welcome (September 1, 2010)
The Privacy Task Force of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is inviting comments on its newly developed Privacy Maturity Model (PMM).
Broaden your privacy portfolio (September 1, 2010)
Seven thousand members. Hundreds of volunteers. The privacy profession and the IAPP continue to experience rapid growth. But we need your help! Be one of the hundreds of IAPP members worldwide who are actively engaged in building the privacy profession as advisory board members with the IAPP.
Surveilled (September 1, 2010)
This year's delegate tour—our largest ever—convened on Berlin, Brussels and Paris in June.