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(Apr 16, 2015) Data retention is now the law, and virtual private networks (VPNs) are quickly becoming more popular than ever with Australians, CNet reports. Australian internet users are flocking to VPNs in droves, with one major provider seeing a 500 percent increase in VPN subscriptions for the Australian market. “The massive uptick in VPN usage comes off the back of a number of major changes in the way Australians are tracked online, including the passage of mandatory data retention legislation and a major... Read More

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ISPS Not Breaking Privacy Policies by Sharing Info

(Apr 16, 2015) Local ISPs have received court orders to share their customers’ personal information amidst news of “a crackdown on illegal torrent activities,” ZDNet reports. The customers were alleged to have downloaded illegal copies of the Academy Award-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club, and a firm representing Dallas Buyers Club LLC “sent letters to the targeted customers with demands for compensation,” the report states. However, the ISPs “had not broken any terms of service agreement, per se” as “privacy ... Read More

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Plan To Use Facial Data To Curb Shoplifting Causes Concern

(Apr 16, 2015) Through a plan being considered by the National Shoplifting Prevention Organization (NSPO), stores may receive the facial data of shoplifting suspects captured on security cameras, The Japan Times reports. The nonprofit NSPO insists that “shoplifting is serious, and defenses are necessary.” However, the report states, many point to “privacy concerns by having sensitive personal information linked to criminal records.” Chuo University Associate Prof. Hiroshi Miyashita, a privacy expert, said, “We have to compare the target we want to achieve with the violation of rights required to achieve it … This method of preventing shoplifting is too much of a privacy risk.” Read More

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Hospital Patients Lodge Complaints

(Apr 16, 2015) Stuff.co.nz reports on hospital patients who have lodged complaints with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner after their personal information was shared. “The Southern District Health Board copped flak in March after one of its staff members accidentally sent the private details of 60 patients to a person who had no right to see them,” the report states, noting four of the patients told a newspaper the error caused them “distress.” Since then, two of the patients lodged official complaints. "It's caused a lot of stress that was not needed as I had been through surgery," one of the patients wrote. Read More

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From DPI: Five Questions To Ask Your Marketing Department

(Apr 16, 2015) As part of a larger presentation at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive in London this week, a particular slide caught the attention of attendees, Sam Pfeifle writes in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. The panel’s focus was on “Transparency in Marketing,” but in many ways it all seemed to boil down to a couple of basic questions: Is what your marketing department is doing transparent to the privacy team? Is what your marketing department is doing transparent to your customers? The way to answer those questions popped up on a slide late in the presentation as Eversheds’ Paula Barrett, BMW’s Yasmeen Rahman, CIPP/E, and MyPermission’s Aurélie Pols listed the five most important questions a privacy office should ask its marketing department. Read More

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IBM Publicly Shares Trove of Cyber-Threat Data

(Apr 16, 2015) IBM is stepping into the fold to help organizations combat cyberattacks after it announced it will make nearly 20 years’ worth of cyber-threat information open to public and private companies, ZDNet reports. X-Force Exchange contains 700 terabytes of raw cyber-threat data and other vulnerabilities, including malware from 270 million computers and 25 billion websites, images, spam and phishing attack emails. "We're taking the lead by opening up our own deep and global network of cyber-threat research, customers, technologies and experts," said IBM Security General Manager Brendan Hannigan. "We're aiming to accelerate the formation of the networks and relationships we need to fight hackers." Read More

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Project Aims To Give You Control of Your Data

(Apr 16, 2015) The international research project Ubiquitous Commons is attempting to “design a legal and technological toolkit that will allow people and organizations to be able to decide how the data they generate is used,” reports Forbes. The team, led by TED, Eisenhower and Yale World fellow Salvatore Iaconesi and communication scientist Oriana Persico, has already developed a “working concept under the form of a browser plugin,” Iaconesi says, and is now “working on the possibility to implement the same type of technology in devices.” As opposed to trying to subvert the current system, the goal instead is to make consumers and organizations aware that another exists and it may be mutually beneficial, the report states. Read More

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From DPI: Hammersley on Privacy and the Creepy-to-Cool Continuum

(Apr 15, 2015) Author Ben Hammersley, speaking to the privacy pros gathered at this week’s IAPP EU Data Protection Intensive, posited there is a cool-to-creepy continuum on which any tech advancement falls, and “I would go even further than that. I would say managing the cool-to-creepy continuum is the greatest challenge we as a society face. We’ve reached this very important point—literally right now.” In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, shares Hammersley’s concerns that as technologies such as shopping mall ads that track cell phones and smart TVs that record what their viewers are saying proliferate, the privacy and data protection implications are huge, but so are the barriers to solving them. This, of course, puts privacy professionals in positions of great import. Read More

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Canada Latest To Join APEC CBPR System

(Apr 15, 2015) Canada is the latest country to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules System, following the U.S. in 2012, Mexico in 2013 and Japan in 2014. Canada first submitted its bid in August. “The steady stream of new participants in the system is encouraging—both in terms of moving towards its region-wide adoption and making the case for its interoperability with other privacy regimes such as the one in the EU,” said APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group Chairman Mitsuo Matsumoto, adding, “Expanding the system will continue to be a significant point of cooperation within APEC. The lessons that the growing number of participants in the system bring to the table can help a lot towards accelerating entry for others.” Read More

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Foursquare Looks To Serve Ads Based on Location History

(Apr 15, 2015) Fast Company reports on the latest move by Foursquare to jump into the world of location-based advertising. It has announced a new ad product called Pinpoint, designed to use historical location data to target relevant ads. The goal is to serve up ads based on where users have been in the physical world through the use of Swarm and Foursquare smartphone apps, for “six years of first-party location intelligence, which has created a map of the world the way your mobile device sees it.” Foursquare ... Read More

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