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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 IAPP President (January 23, 2011)
In last month’s issue, we asked what you thought about privacy as a competitive advantage. We received some great feedback, including two competing responses that bear mentioning.
Privacy forecast for 2011 (January 23, 2011)
At the end of each year, the Privacy Advisor asks a group of global privacy professionals to share what they see in the year ahead for privacy and data protection. In this first issue of 2011, we present their forecasts.
Australia’s changing privacy landscape (January 23, 2011)
Since the Australian Law Reform Commission Report (ALRC) was tabled in 2008, we have seen the rise of the iPhone, iPad and a doubling of the users of Facebook, as well as an explosion in location-based services. And after a period of stability, Australian and international thinking about how best to protect citizen privacy is on the move.
CNIL revises authorization on whistleblowing hotlines (January 23, 2011)
On October 14, 2010, the CNIL adopted a series of amendments modifying and broadening the scope of its single authorization. The CNIL adopted these amendments after carrying out a consultation with private organizations, public institutions and authorities and works councils. While the CNIL’s single authorization applies only in France, this amended version could foster amendments to whistleblowing regulations in other European jurisdictions and further discussions within the Article 29 Working Party.
National Research Council report lays framework for protecting privacy in the age of terrorism (January 23, 2011)
In Protecting Individual Privacy in the Struggle Against Terrorists, the National Research Council sets out a framework for the evaluation of classified and unclassified information-based programs that involve the collection and mining of personal data: practices that raise difficult questions about privacy and civil liberties as well as cost, efficacy, legality and societal values.
FRANCE—CNIL and whistleblowing – end of story (January 23, 2011)
After more than a year of onsite investigations and hearings, the CNIL has finally published its revised "Autorisation Unique" on “professional alert systems,” the politically correct expression for whistleblowing systems.
FRANCE—A decree to regulate telemedicine (January 23, 2011)
A decree of October 19, 2010, has been issued by the government to define the notion of telemedicine and under which conditions telemedicine can be exercised by healthcare professionals.
ITALY—Company must stop locating its employees (January 23, 2011)
The Italian Data Protection Agency (IDPA or Garante) has ordered an Italian company to stop processing the personal data of its employees collected by means of GPS systems on company vehicles.
POLAND—Poland amends data protection law (January 23, 2011)
After a more than three-year political and legislative struggle, the Polish parliament has finally amended the Act of August 29, 1997 on the protection of Personal Data and other acts, including the Act on Enforcement Proceeding in Administration.
Belair and Westin join Arnall Golden Gregory’s DC office (January 23, 2011)
Two of the world’s leading privacy experts have joined Arnall Golden Gregory LLP’s new Washington, DC, office, which opened on January 4. Robert Belair will lead the new office, while privacy scholar and Columbia University Professor Emeritus Alan Westin will serve as counsel.
Blake Madison joins Rosen Harwood (January 23, 2011)
Rosen Harwood, P.A., in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced that Blake A. Madison has joined the firm as a shareholder.
This month on the Privacy List (January 23, 2011)
What do you get when you gather privacy pros from across the globe together to share insights, discuss issues and ask and answer questions via the speed of e-mail? The IAPP Privacy List. See what your peers have been discussing this month.