2009 Privacy Innovation Awards

November 1, 2009
Hewlett Packard and the International Association of Privacy Professionals announced the 2009 Privacy Innovation Award winners at the IAPP Privacy Dinner in Boston in September.

French Data Protection Authority Issues New Guidelines

November 1, 2009
Pursuant to the Article 29 Working Party’s guidelines on pre-trial discovery for cross border civil litigation issued in February of this year, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) recently adopted similar guidelines for companies based in France that transfer personal data to the U.S. in the context of civil proceedings. These guidelines are generally in line with those of WP 29, although the CNIL does address pre-trial discovery in light of French rules of civil procedure. French civil procedure requirements apply regardless of data protection requirements.

E-Discovery in Asia/Pacific: Litigation Readiness for Asian Companies

November 1, 2009
This is the first article of a three-part series exploring litigation exposure and readiness for Asian companies. Part two of the series will explain how non-U.S. companies, particularly those based in the Asia/Pacific region, can analyze and deal with the risks of U.S. litigation exposure to pre-trial discovery data requests. Due to expansive rules on discovery, jury trials, and the size of damage awards, plaintiffs worldwide choose to bring their claims in U.S. courts. So it is important that non-U.S. companies consider their exposure to U.S. litigation.

Greetings!

October 2, 2009
Last month we explored the privacy and trust considerations surrounding virtual health communities, online portals where people post their private medical information in hopes of gaining knowledge and helping others. This month we turn to another online health paradigm that lives or dies by patient trust: electronic medical records (EMRs). President Obama asserts that, by 2014, the health records of all Americans will be stored electronically.

Drive to Digital Records Begs Due Diligence

October 1, 2009
While making the case for his overhaul of the public healthcare system, President Obama has doted on one of its provisions: that all personal health records should be digitalized and melded into a single standard format within five years. Doing so, he believes, will reduce administrative headaches--one provider won't have to get on the phone with another to access a patient's hard-copy record--and thus bolster the overall quality of care. The medical community largely supports the...

How to read a privacy policy

October 1, 2009
The Common Data Project was created to encourage and enable the disclosure of personal data for public re-use through the creation of a technology and legal framework for anonymized data-sharing. Specifically, we think that means creating a new kind of institution called a datatrust, which is exactly what it sounds like: a trusted place to store and share sensitive, personal data. So why did we spend a lot of time parsing the legalese of some excruciatingly long privacy statements?

Notes From the Executive Director

November 1, 2007
Earlier this month, the UK government flatly rejected calls for a security breach notification law — a move that angered the members of the House of Lord Science and Technology Committee. The committee pushed for such a law as part of a comprehensive package of changes it said was necessary to assure the continued success and confidence in the Internet.

IAPP in the News

November 1, 2007
The IAPP is pleased to announce the appointment of 16 Canadian privacy professionals who will comprise the new Canadian Education Advisory Board.

Privacy News

November 1, 2007
In the spring of 2007, Professor Dimitrios Hatzinakos, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, joined by colleagues from the faculties of Arts and Science and Information Studies, created a new initiative at the University of Toronto focusing on identity, privacy and security. The Identity, Privacy and Security Initiative (IPSI) was established to carry out a pioneering, interdisciplinary program of research, education, outreach, industry collaboration and technology transfer with emphasis on technology, policy and science.

Global Privacy Dispatches

November 1, 2007
On Sept. 25, 2007, the Canadian federal privacy commissioner and the Alberta information and privacy commissioner issued a report on the joint investigation into the TJX/WMI breach. The purpose of the investigation was to examine the collection, retention and safeguarding practices of the organization, in order to determine whether the breach could have been prevented.

IAPP in the News

October 1, 2007
As companies collaborate and share information across borders and devices, personal data becomes more valuable to businesses and criminals alike, resulting in security threats with much greater impact to lives of users and businesses, according to Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

Privacy News

October 1, 2007
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released a blueprint with 301 proposals for overhauling Australia's complex and costly privacy laws and practices.

Global Privacy Dispatches

October 1, 2007
The Czech Data Protection Office recently warned against the excessive use of cameras. The operation of cameras falls within the scope of the Czech data protection law if images and/or sounds are recorded, and if such recordings are used for identifying individuals.

VIEWPOINT: Privacy Laws Do Not Stand in the Way of Public Safety

October 1, 2007
In its struggle to make sense of a senseless tragedy, the panel considered many issues. One was communication, and how university officials failed to communicate both with each other and with the parents of the killer prior to the massacre. Officials attributed this failure to their interpretation of the privacy laws they are bound by; they felt that those laws prohibited them from sharing much-needed information.

VIEWPOINT: New Wave of Class Action Privacy Litigation Loses Some of Its Momentum

October 1, 2007
In a ruling that has the potential effect of nullifying a Web site's privacy policy and rewriting the e-discovery rules for litigation, a federal court has ordered Web site owners to capture in audit logs and produce information about users who had searched for or downloaded certain software.

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