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(Mar 20, 2015) You’ll have to excuse me if these opening remarks aren’t up to the usual standard—whatever that may be. My Ottawa Senators are playing the Boston Bruins tonight (it's Thursday evening) and the game has huge playoff implications. I’m going through my usual superstitions as I’m writing this in the hopes that my karma will somehow affect the outcome in a positive way. Needless to say, I’m distracted. Is March 31 the year-end for your organization? It’s not here at my law firm, but for many ... Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest

Proposed Anti-Terrorism Act Moves On; Survey Raises ISP Concerns

(Mar 20, 2015) Despite last weekend's "Day of Action" protests against the government's proposed Anti-Terrorism Act—not to mention concerns voiced by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and "four former prime ministers of Canada, five former Supreme Court of Canada judges, several former ministers of justice, former privacy commissioners and others"—polls suggest that the bill is still supported by the majority of Canadians. Timothy Banks, CIPP/C, asks in this third post on Bill C-51 for Privacy T... Read More

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OPC: Health Canada Violated Privacy Laws

(Mar 20, 2015) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has completed its investigation of Health Canada's privacy breach that affected 40,000 licensees of the Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP) and determined “Health Canada violated federal privacy laws,” CNW reports. The incident occurred in 2013 when Health Canada sent written notices to the individuals outlining changes to the MMAP with the words “Health Canada—Marihuana Medical Access Program" as part of the return address, and several hund... Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest

What Happens When a Tech-Savvy Customer Finds a Privacy Flaw?

(Mar 19, 2015) As technology continues to develop and, subsequently, as consumers become more tech-savvy, what happens when one of your customers finds a privacy flaw in your product? This scenario played out recently when a software developer helped a friend reset a GoPro camera password and was able to compile a list of more than 1,000 user names and passwords. Luckily, this user had a sense of ethics and decided to help GoPro instead of exploit it, but communicating this directly to GoPro proved difficult. In this post for Privacy Tech, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, explores the incident and points out some important takeaways to help businesses nimbly respond to their customers. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Web Conference: Regain Control of Your Digital Communications

(Mar 18, 2015) The recent hack of Sony, and the subsequent release of sensitive emails, demonstrates the high risk of delivering information via email—one of the most common means of communication in the business world. Once an email is sent out, the sender essentially loses control of his or her data. On March 26, the IAPP will host a free web conference, “Your Data Your Rules—How To Regain Control of Your Digital Communications,” with Absio Corporation Founder and Chief Architect Dan Kruger to discuss techniques that can help mitigate the risks with email communications both inside and outside an organization. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Lab Director Says More Google Glass-Like Products To Come

(Mar 18, 2015) Despite Google Glass being the “poster child” for privacy issues, the director of Google’s secret X lab said at South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, this week that we’ll be “seeing a lot more” of that kind of technology soon, Daily Mail reports. Astro Teller said the company made mistakes in rolling out Google Glass in a way that had people thinking of it as a finished product rather than a prototype released for feedback. The company will soon make a major announcement on “Project Wing,” Google’s autonomous delivery drones capable of delivering products across a city within minutes. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Will Suicide Prevention Tool Spark Privacy Backlash?

(Mar 18, 2015) NPR reports on new tools developed by Facebook to help prevent suicide. Those considering suicide often reach out to friends or family through social media. To help, Facebook is creating measures to better connect people in the hopes of preventing suicides, but the tools are also raising some privacy concerns. Other social media companies employ similar services, but there was so much backlash over one released by Twitter last year that the social network shuttered the service within a week. Reddit has a SuicideWatch forum, but in one case, a user was hospitalized against his will following a post that included suicidal thoughts. Psychologist Sally Spencer-Thomas said she does not see any privacy concerns with Facebook’s new tool. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Making Data Work for Everyone

(Mar 17, 2015) Data Justice has issued a new report indicating companies’ control of personal information “is not just an issue of privacy but is becoming a critical issue of economic justice,” Huffington Post reports. Data Justice Director Nathan Newman writes, “This steady loss of data by individuals into the hands of increasingly centralized corporate hands is helping drive a large portion of the economic inequality that has become central to the political debate in our nation.” The report proposes steps “t... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Facebook, Google, Microsoft CPOs Convene at SXSW

(Mar 16, 2015) Three of the world’s top chief privacy officers, leading privacy teams for some of the technology sector’s most established companies, got together on Saturday at SXSW to discuss how they are handling today’s most pressing and complex privacy issues. In a panel moderated by IAPP President and CEO Trevor Hughes, CIPP, the trio discussed how to best work with their internal product teams, their ethical obligations as corporations making privacy decisions and how regulators and regulations reflect consumer attitudes. Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, has all the details for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Roundup: Cayman Islands, Canada, EU and U.S.

(Mar 16, 2015) In this week’s Privacy Tracker roundup, read about updates to breach notification laws in the U.S. in Montana and Wyoming, plus Wyoming’s broadening of the definition of personally identifiable information. In Canada, Bill C-13, the controversial cyberbullying law, is in effect, and a Quebec man is challenging border searches. In the Cayman Islands, a cancer registry law is causing privacy concerns for a human rights group. In the EU, the Court of The Hague struck down the Dutch data retention law, and Germany plans to introduce its own. Meanwhile, Paraguay has delayed talks on its data retention bill. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest