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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 (April 1, 2012)
At the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in March, during a session featuring authors Cory Doctorow and Jeff Jarvis, an audience member asked, “Is privacy dead?” No, answered Jeff Jarvis, “privacy has more protectors than ever before in privacy history.”
People in Privacy: New privacy pros (April 1, 2012)
Rewind 11 years. If you worked on data privacy matters, you were probably a law firm partner, a consultant, privacy officer or one of a handful of people bearing the title “chief privacy officer.” In 2001, privacy and data protection professionals were barely a speck on the tech economy’s radar.
Czech Constitutional Court takes on data retention rules (April 1, 2012)
In less than a year, the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic issued two decisions that repealed most of the data retention legislation. By its first judgment from 22 March 2011, the court repealed the obligation of telecoms operators and ISPs to retain traffic and location data for the minimum period of six months and maximum period of 12 months and to provide such data to authorized bodies upon request (First Judgment).
APEC’s cross-border privacy rules to facilitate data flows…soon (April 1, 2012)
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPRs)—endorsed by U.S. President Barack Obama and APEC member economies at an APEC leaders meeting in Hawaii late last year and scheduled to be released later this year—aim to provide a framework to facilitate cross-border data flows by allowing for interoperability through various jurisdictions’ privacy regimes.
IRS taxpayer authentication program combats identity theft: A Q&A with Rebecca Chiaramida (April 1, 2012)
As more Americans file their taxes online, protecting highly sensitive financial data from identity thieves is a major concern for taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) alike. The Privacy Advisor recently caught up with IRS Director of Privacy, Government Liaison and Disclosure Rebecca Chiaramida, CIPP/G, to explore a new authentication program recently initiated by the agency to combat a rise in refund fraud schemes and identity theft.
Location-based services: Why privacy "Dos and Don'ts" matter (April 1, 2012)
2012 is certain to reflect U.S. consumers' continued love affair with sophisticated smart phones and mobile tablets. For many consumers, one of the driving forces in the popularity of these devices is their ability to run software and mobile applications (mobile apps) using wireless location-based services (LBS). With LBS-enabled services, individuals can share real-time and historical location information online--whether to facilitate a social interaction or event, play games, house-hunt or engage in many other activities.
Getting to know a privacy pro (April 1, 2012)
On July 5, 2010, the Mexican Federal Law on Protection of Personal Data Held by Private Parties was officially published. This legislation establishes minimum standards that people who use others’ personal data are obliged to comply in order to protect privacy. Lina Ornelas is the General Director for Privacy Self-regulation at Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI). Ornelas works to understand the way private parties who process personal data think and act to find their incentives to protect personal data, she says. She also works to give such parties tools to enable compliance with the law and promote responsible data processing.
DoubleClick: The privacy profession's incubator (April 1, 2012)
Today, it would be remiss to say that the privacy profession is anything but flourishing. Companies are increasingly hiring privacy officers and even elevating them to C-suite positions; the European Commission has proposed a statute in its amended data protection framework that would require data protection officers at certain organizations, and, at the IAPP, membership recently hit 10,000 worldwide.
Privacy pro garners all five CIPP certifications (April 1, 2012)
Since its inception in 2004, the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) credential has served as the leading certification for privacy professionals. Like the IAPP’s membership, the CIPP credential has grown more diverse over the years. The IAPP’s flagship credential has developed into multiple credentials, including one focused on the U.S. government, Canada, Internet technology and now Europe.
UK—ICO issues police force with £70,000 fine (April 1, 2012)
Lancashire Constabulary has been fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) following the discovery of papers containing sensitive information about a 15-year-old girl—together with information about 14 other individuals, including in relation to their criminal convictions—on a Blackpool street.
PCI-DSS Version 2.0 comment period coming to a close (April 1, 2012)
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council will soon conclude its public comment period on version 2.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).