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(Mar 26, 2015) The NSW Information and Privacy Commission has launched an e-learning portal “to help organisations in the state deal with privacy complaint handling and other privacy issues,” Computerworld reports. The free portal provides access to privacy complaint-handling and access training for decision-makers. The launch follows NSW Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Coombs’ remarks at a recent iappANZ event about organisations needing “to establish a culture of privacy and risk management,” the report state... Read More

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Registered Teachers List Should Be Disclosed

(Mar 26, 2015) The Standard reports that Ombudsman Connie Lau Yin-hing has said the list of registered teachers should be made available for public inspection. Her remark follows an investigation of “an Education Bureau refusal to disclose the registration status of teachers.” Lau said, “Whether teachers are registered is indeed of interest to all schools, students and parents," adding, “the bureau should respect the public's right to access such information and strive to open up the list.” The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data supports the ombudsman's review, noting the ordinance is "not a straitjacket which prohibits disclosure of personal data in all circumstances." Read More

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Yakobovich on the Power of Surveillance for Good

(Mar 26, 2015) Videre founder Oren Yakobovich is a former Israeli soldier who decided, upon service, that he was more interested in "breaking the traditional power structures between citizens and government" by empowering oppressed people through the use of video documentation. By quite literally watching the watchers, civil rights abuses have been documented and change has been enacted. He used his keynote address at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit to talk about his efforts and explore the ways in which surveillance can be a force for good. Read More

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A Privacy Engineer’s View of Cryptocurrency

(Mar 26, 2015) As cryptocurrency continues its slow progress in the online financial world, there is still a lot mystery as to how it works and whether it will be a viable answer to the future of financial transactions. “While not perfect, Bitcoin represents an improvement, from a privacy perspective, over the ‘disco-era’ financial system currently in use,” writes Enterprivacy Consulting Group Privacy Engineer R. Jason Cronk, CIPP/US, CIPM. In this post for Privacy Tech, Cronk provides some background on this burgeoning technology and compares the current and potential financial systems through the lens of the “Solove Taxonomy” of privacy harms to demonstrate a privacy-risk analysis of both systems. Read More

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The EU’s Plan for a New Digital Single Market

(Mar 26, 2015) The Wall Street Journal reports on Europe’s plan to compete with the U.S. and Asia in the Digital Age. European manufacturers and legislators “hope that by a combination of investment into connected devices and tough data protection and competition rules that curb the U.S. tech firms, Europe’s economy will have a fighting chance against rivals from other regions,” the report states. “As we successfully did in aerospace and automotive technologies, the EU will be a digital world player,” said EU ... Read More

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Survey: Hold CEOs Responsible for Breaches

(Mar 26, 2015) Websense has released its recent survey of 102 international security professionals from this year’s e-Crime Congress, and nearly all of them—98 percent—“believe that the law should address serious data breaches that expose consumers’ data loss through punishments such as fines, mandatory disclosure and compensation for consumers’ affected,” Firstpost reports, with 16 percent even advocating “arrest and jail sentence for the CEO or board members.” Additionally, 70 percent said CEOs “should hold ultimate responsibility should a breach arise. And the pressure is mounting, as 93 percent of all respondents believe the advent of the Internet of Things will make companies even more vulnerable to data theft,” the report states. Read More

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It’s Official: Telecoms Must Store Data

(Mar 26, 2015) International Business Times reports on the passage of Australia’s “mandatory data retention plan, bringing the contentious proposition into law on Thursday.” The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015, which passed by a vote of 43 to 16, “mandates the tracking of call records, assigned IP addresses, location information and billing information, among other data, and empowers security agencies to access them without a warrant,” the report states. It als... Read More

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Start-Up Records Network Activity; Most IT Pros Trust Cloud Providers

(Mar 25, 2015) PCWorld reports on a new product from security start-up ProtectWise, which has developed a platform to provide security professionals with a yearlong recording of all activities on a given network. The goal of ProtectWise’s Cloud Network DVR is to detect potential data breach threats. “We like to use the analogy of a camera, because it’s software that can be massively distributed that is always recording,” said CEO Scott Chasin. “It’s that level of visibility that is missing from the industry.” ... Read More

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Tomorrow’s Car Technology Brings “Huge” Privacy Implications

(Mar 25, 2015) Mercedes Benz’s $12 million, one-of-a-kind “car of tomorrow,” the F 015, will be able to park itself, change lanes, avoid pedestrians, alert passengers when friends are nearby and interact through lasers and touchscreens. It’ll also be able to use an app to turn on the cameras it uses to see the road so that owners can spy on their cars’ surroundings through their phones. “The privacy implications will be huge,” reports Fusion. And, “the next advertising turf war will be in cars,” with the artificial intelligence behind these self-driving cars, which experts describe as “deep learning,” becoming “central to the new ad war,” the report states. Read More

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Lewis to IAPP: Privacy Breeds Innovation

(Mar 24, 2015) How often have we heard that “privacy” has the potential to stand in the way of innovation in the Digital Age? Well, Sarah Lewis is here to tell you that’s hogwash. Author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, Lewis argues that innovation is impossible without privacy, that inventors and thinkers need private spaces in which to fail in order to truly succeed in the public arena. See her full keynote address to the IAPP Global Privacy Summit to understand the historical underpinnings of her theory. Read More

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