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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.
Where Domestic Violence and Technology Collide (July 25, 2013)
The National Network to End Domestic Violence, comprising some 2000 shelters and 56 state-level non-profit organizations, holds its annual Technology Summit next week, July 29 through 31, in San Jose, California. In this exclusive, we talk with Cindy Southworth, who merges social work and technology in running Safety Net, which works with state agencies to address the ways in which technology issues impact the safety—including privacy and accessibility rights—of domestic violence victims.
Privacy in Popular Culture: Dressing To Beat Big Brother (July 23, 2013)
Sitting in the closing “Quiz Show” session at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium a couple of months back, Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian got a bit of a laugh with her call for “privacy glasses,” or other “Star Trek”-like privacy technology to defeat Google Glass and other wearable computing technologies that might make covert surveillance omnipresent. But wearable privacy technology is here and hardly a joke.
The Privacy (and Security) Pro in the White House (July 19, 2013)
Much has been made of Nicole Wong’s appointment to work on privacy matters in the White House under U.S. CTO Todd Park, but there’s another privacy pro in the White House who actually has “privacy” in his title: Ari Schwartz, Director for Cybersecurity Privacy, Civil Liberties and Policy, National Security Staff, who started in the job this past month. The Privacy Advisor
talks with him about his new position.
Committee Hears Testimony, Patriot Act Must Change (July 18, 2013)
At a House Judiciary hearing yesterday exploring the Obama administration’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities, representatives from the Justice Department, National Security Agency (NSA), Office of National Intelligence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were questioned by lawmakers, specifically on Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Patriot Act) and Section 702 of FISA.
A Guide to the Spanish Cookie Guidance (July 17, 2013)
Earlier this year, the Spanish Data Protection Authority, in conjunction with industry representatives, released the "Guía sobre el uso de las cookies,” or the Spanish cookie guidance. The guide contains recommendations on how to satisfy the requirements of Spanish law on electronic commerce.
What You Need To Know About NSA Mass Acquisition of Telephony Metadata (July 16, 2013)
The U.S. government maintains that its massive acquisition of information concerning the telephone communications of millions of Americans complies with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In this exclusive, David Bender examines whether such surveillance does in fact fall within FISA’s legal framework.
Harris To Step Down at CDT, Looks To Continue Global Growth, Legislative Progress (July 12, 2013)
Leslie Harris, who has headed the Center for Democracy & Technology since 2005, announced this month that she will resign from her post in March of 2014, just as the CDT celebrates its 20th anniversary. In this conversation, Harris made it clear that she is not retiring but rather “right-sizing,” and she is hardly done with her work in the privacy arena. Hear her thoughts on CPOs' human rights obligations, the status of current legislation, where CDT goes from here and more.
Data Breaches Abound in the U.S., UK and Online (July 11, 2013)
Across the U.S. and the UK, data breach incidents, investigations and litigation have been making headlines in the past two weeks. And, globally, a videogame maker has reported a breach that may have affected four million of its users. Here are some of the top data breach stories, as well as links to insights on breach trends and how to address a breach if it happens.
First PCLOB Meeting’s Ideas for USA PATRIOT Act; FISA Improvements May Affect Interaction with Private Industry (July 10, 2013)
At the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s first public meeting since its reemergence under new Chairman David Medine, the focus was very precise: What direct and concrete improvements could be made to improve “Surveillance Programs Operated Pursuant to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.” Ideas generated included making the FISA Court adversarial, decreasing the vagueness around “data minimization,” instituting a data retention law and a number of other suggestions. Here we examine the potential impact on private industry.
The Future of Data Dealer Is in the Balance (July 9, 2013)
A couple of months back, we told you about Data Dealer, a browser-based game that both tweaked the data brokerage industry and educated players about how PII is collected and sold in the global marketplace. Not long afterward, the team of open source coders and developers at Cuteacute Media who have been working on Data Dealer launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds that would allow them to take Data Dealer from the demo stage to a full multi-player game, and could now use a little help.
ITALY—Garante Orders Facebook To Provide Clarifications (July 5, 2013)
The Italian Data Protection Authority (DPA), the Garante, is requiring Facebook to provide clarifications by July 20 on personal data processing following recent announcements of a “bug” that caused the exposure of personal information.
Roundup: NSA, UK Fallout Persists (July 1, 2013)The New York Times'
Kevin O’Brien writes, “Europe was in an uproar Sunday over a magazine’s charge that Washington bugged European Union offices in the United States,” and Der Spiegel has quoted German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s as saying, “The monitoring of friends—this is unacceptable. It can't be tolerated. We're no longer in the Cold War.” This roundup examines the key headlines of the past three days as well as the varying opinions now being published on the implications of the allegations of spying by U.S. and UK government programs.