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(Jun 25, 2015) Amidst breach reports, including the recent data loss incident at a private health insurer, The Age reports on cybersecurity firm FireEye’s comments that the government “needs to introduce mandatory data breach disclosure laws sooner rather than later after more than 30,000 iiNet customers had their passwords hacked.” FireEye’s Phil Vasic said while breaches may be common, disclosing the incidents is not. "Three years is too long to wait before disclosing a breach,” Vasic said, referring to the ... Read More

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PCPD, Nymity To Discuss Accountability Study Results

(Jun 25, 2015) Personal Data Officer Nicola Tang of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and Nymity Chief Global Privacy Strategist Teresa Troester-Falk, CIPP/US, will present the results of the Hong-Kong Accountability Benchmarking Micro-Study during a 30 June live webinar. Participants will gain insight on how organizations in Hong Kong have invested in their privacy management programs and learn how Hong Kong organizations are shaping their program in relation to the Hong Kong Privacy Ma... Read More

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ISPs Frustrated With Deadlines, Lack of Clarity

(Jun 25, 2015) Australia's Internet service providers (ISPs) are reacting “angrily to tight timeframes and an ongoing lack of clarity from the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) about the impending data retention regime,” IT News reports. At a briefing this week, ISPs expressed frustration over the lack of clarity about what they need to do under the new law, which goes into effect in October. “The briefing was intended to provide ISPs and telcos some guidance,” the report states, “But industry members reacted angrily to a presentation from AGD data retention lead Jamie Lowe over a perceived lack of clarity around the data to be stored as well as extremely tight compliance timeframes”—with implementation plans to be in place by mid-August. Read More

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Facial-Recognition Regulation Necessary

(Jun 25, 2015) In a piece recently published by The International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Macquarie Law School Prof. Niloufer Selvadurai writes that a lack of regulation for consumer use of facial-recognition technology is troubling and needs to be remedied, Phys Org reports. “With the increasing popularity of uploading photographs on social networking sites, the paper calls for law and policy makers around the world to see this as a critical issue,” the report states. Selvadurai argues that... Read More

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Regulatory Framework Aims To Balance Data Collection, Privacy

(Jun 25, 2015) The Communications and Information Technology Ministry and the Home Ministry are working together to create “a new regulatory framework for lawful interception and monitoring of telephone calls and messages while safeguarding the privacy of users,” Gadgets reports. Telcos aren’t thrilled, believing “there is a need for a separate security policy, as telecommunication infrastructure is not only used for mere voice communication but all the economic activities of the country,” the report states. One Department of Telecom official said that “in the present circumstances, confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of communication messages and security of telecom networks is the key for the success of digital revolution.” Read More

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Anti-Piracy Law Prompts Privacy Concerns

(Jun 25, 2015) The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, which allows companies to ask a judge to block overseas websites “if their ‘primary purpose’ is facilitating copyright infringement,” Ars Technica reports, noting the new law is raising concerns about privacy. “As well as being based on a false premise, the new law will also be ineffectual, since Australians can simply use web proxies and VPNs to circumvent any blocks that are imposed,” which in turn has some concerned “the courts will go ... Read More

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Apple Moves To Prevent Accessing Apps for Ads

(Jun 25, 2015) Apple will no longer share app data, “which is akin to web-browsing history,” with developers for tailoring ads to its users, The Information reports. Apps and social networks “have sometimes drawn on data about other apps that are already installed” on phones to determine what ads to show users, the report states, noting, for example, if a user “has downloaded a lot of games, including ones that cost money, they may be shown an ad for a paid game that they don’t already have.” The move to disco... Read More

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Potential ICANN Policy Change Creates Privacy Concerns

(Jun 25, 2015) The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is reporting that a policy being considered by ICANN, the global domain name authority, could make it easier for third parties to discover the contact information of website owners. The impetus for the potential policy change came from U.S. entertainment companies that want “tools to discover the identities of website owners whom they want to accuse of copyright and trademark infringement, preferably without a court order,” the EFF states. According to Th... Read More

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IEEE and IETF Announce Successful Trials on WiFi Privacy Risks

(Jun 25, 2015) IEEE has announced that the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have successfully carried out three experimental trials addressing privacy risks associated with tracking globally unique media access control (MAC) addresses in WiFi networks. The IEEE study group was formed in 2014 and aims to develop a recommended practice based on the privacy issues related to IEEE 802 technologies. “From the onset, IEEE 802 and the IETF have shared a commitment to mitigate privacy risks for nontechnical users living in a world that increasingly offers constant connectivity,” said Juan Carlos Zuniga, chair of the privacy committee. Read More

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Privacy Tops Consumer Concerns About Tech Innovation

(Jun 24, 2015) According to Edelman’s Earned Brand survey, privacy tops the list of reasons consumers across the globe—and specifically in Germany, the U.S. and Australia—have misgivings about innovation. Concerns regarding the environment and personal security are next on the list, the report states. "Marketers are missing out on a simple truth: Acceptance of innovation cannot be bought; it must be earned," said Edelman President and CEO Richard Edelman. "As marketers, we need to evolve our playbook if we want to succeed. We have to address consumers' fears before we have the permission to sell. Marketing, at the moment, is making it worse." Read More

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