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.

VIEWPOINT: Healthcare Information Organizations vs. New Hampshire: Striking the Appropriate Balance

October 1, 2007
Protecting certain consumer information obviously is an important and legitimate function of government. But at the same time, our democratic society also requires that other types of information remain accessible to the public, and that people have the right to share ideas freely and openly.

Notes From the Executive Director

October 1, 2007
Last month, IAPP membership soared beyond 4,000 members - a milestone as we prepare this month to host more than 800 privacy pros during the IAPP Privacy Academy 2007 in San Francisco. As the IAPP establishes itself as the leading association for privacy professionals globally, our membership continues to experience phenomenal growth. By the end of this year, the IAPP will have experienced a 41 percent growth rate over the previous year.

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

October 1, 2007
A wave of class action privacy litigation recently reached tsunami-like proportions but now appears to be losing some of its momentum. These suits allege violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (the FACT Act) because a non-truncated credit or debit card number and/or an expiration date appears on a printed receipt. Since December 2006, more than 200 such class actions have targeted the gamut of national chain operations - including, for example, retailers, hoteliers and restaurateurs - which rely heavily on credit and debit card transactions with consumers.

Lessons Learned From Recent Privacy Litigation

October 1, 2007
Privacy and security litigation remains an area of intense interest. A wide variety of high-profile security breaches has focused attention on the risks associated with the use, disclosure and maintenance of personal information by entities in essentially all industries. New laws continue to emerge, at both the state and federal level. Yet, there has been a relatively modest amount of privacy and security litigation, and no breakthrough decision that heralds a new era of litigation risks for companies that use and disclose personal information. What can we learn from the recent past on privacy and security litigation?

Privacy News

September 1, 2007
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is launching a consultation on its new Data Protection Strategy, which sets out how the ICO intends to achieve its task of minimizing data protection risk. The strategy is concerned with maximizing the ICO's long-term effectiveness in bringing about good practice. It explains how the ICO will focus its data protection resources where there is the greatest risk of harm through improper use of personal information.

Ask the Privacy Expert

September 1, 2007
Internal investigations have become an integral part of managing an organization as employers confront an increasingly wide range of employee misconduct. Because investigators often surreptitiously collect information which the target considers private and the results of which can ruin a career, internal investigations can expose an employer to civil, and even criminal, liability as well as bad publicity. What are some of the steps which can be taken to reduce an organization's exposure?

Notes From the Executive Director

September 1, 2007
While the U.S. Congress has yet to take action this year to adopt a California-style security breach notification law, the state's ground-breaking statute is making a significant global impact as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada mull notification mandates similar to SB-1386.

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