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(May 15, 2015) I don’t think Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien received the warmest of welcomes from the privacy industry when he was first appointed. There was some criticism and a bit of surprise that a newcomer to the privacy scene was chosen. There was some suggestion that because Commissioner Therrien was coming from the public safety portfolio within the government that maybe, as a result, he’d be less critical of big brother-type files or legislation. Well, in my mind, he put those criticisms to rest... Read More

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Keeping Those PIAs on the Road

(May 15, 2015) Most of us have had the experience. We’re driving along on a sunny day and a seemingly effortless commute ends in a fender-bender, flat tire or full-scale accident—often with little or no warning. The same is true in the privacy profession—where, without the right tools in place, a privacy issue can come up that your organization is not prepared to handle. That road-trip analogy is the format Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Privacy Officer Kristan Cook uses in her preview web conference for the upcoming "IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium: Defensive Driving: How To Keep PIAs on the Road." The Privacy Advisor highlights some of the key takeaways. Read More

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Breach Roundup and a Toolkit

(May 15, 2015) In Newfoundland and Labrador, a mailing error has led to a breach, and a fax error sent patient lab results to a business owner rather than to doctors. In Alberta, Calgary police had notebooks stolen from an off-duty vehicle and are now “notifying up to 400 people that their privacy may have been breached,” Calgary Herald reports. And The Star reports on concerns in Ontario that the regulator for Ontario nurses “does not automatically alert police or Ontario’s privacy commissioner when it become... Read More

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Politician Believes Shredded Files’ Disposal Was Illegal

(May 15, 2015) Shredded files, left outside of Alberta’s governmental buildings for disposal, are causing consternation as the current leadership transitions out of office, so much so that Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark made complaints via the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIP) and Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton has launched an investigation. While current leadership has argued that “legitimate shredding” is afoot—“Constituency documentation and personal records” fi... Read More

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Fordham Panel: Let the Market Decide on App Privacy?

(May 14, 2015) In a wide-ranging conversation Wednesday, panelists at a Fordham University workshop on “Solving Privacy Around the World” explored the privacy challenges and responsibilities for app developers and startups. At issue was the role and value of privacy policies and whether markets, and not policy, should guide innovation. The Privacy Advisor reports on the panel, which included representatives from the App Developers Alliance, California’s Office of the Attorney General, Dentons and IAC/InterActiveCorp.  Read More

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

Orgs Sign On to IBM’s Threat Exchange Network; Sally Beauty Breached Again

(May 14, 2015) IBM has announced that more than 1,000 organizations across 16 industries are participating in its X-Force Exchange threat intelligence network. The network was launched a month ago and provides open access to historical and real-time data feeds of threat intelligence in an effort to thwart cybercrime. Meanwhile, beauty products seller Sally Beauty has confirmed it’s suffered its second data breach in just over two years; a new independent report by Forrester Research discusses the ways firms ar... Read More

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Wong: On Teaching Children to Understand Online Privacy

(May 14, 2015) Nicole Wong, formerly Deputy Chief Technology Officer to President Obama, argues in a post for Passcode that instructing children in the art of sharing information is crucial. Kids should learn, she writes, that both the knowledge of who receives one’s information and what they will do with it is paramount before handing over any data. “It’s a basic safety rule that instills both caution and judgment,” Wong writes. “Whether you are helping your younger child set up a kid’s account or talking with your teen about what’s on her ever-present phone, the privacy policy opens an opportunity for both of you to talk about what they may encounter online.” Read More

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Online Trust Alliance To Lead IoT Initiative

(May 14, 2015) The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has announced it is leading an initiative to develop a security, privacy and sustainability trust framework for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The framework aims to provide clarity and confidence to consumers and will initially focus on connected home and wearable/fitness technologies, according to a press release. OTA hopes to use the framework as the basis for a potential certification program for IoT devices and their manufacturers. OTA’s Craig Spiezle said because of the rapid development of IoT products on the market “we must ensure that security and privacy best practices are integrated to maximize consumer protection.” A working group meeting is scheduled for June 16. Read More

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On How To Increase Value, Mitigate Risk

(May 13, 2015) Accenture reports how organizations can preserve and increase the potential of personal data using five principles of corporate digital responsibility: stewardship, transparency, empowerment, equity and inclusion. In a recent Accenture survey of nearly 600 businesses globally, 79 percent of respondents said their companies collect data directly from individuals—such as online customer accounts, for example—as well as from commercial or data-sharing partnerships, connected devices and... Read More

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Areas of Weakness Are Opportunity for Creative Growth

(May 13, 2015) Intel Security Group Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy, CIPP/US, CIPM, hopes corporation-customer privacy communication “will be an explosive field of innovation.” It is here, the moments before an individual agrees to an app’s, website’s or company’s privacy terms and agreements, that Dennedy sees a bright, creative future. “I’m hoping the expanse of people we’ve now allowed in will have a voice to say, ‘Don’t email me a 25-page document. Tell me bit by bit, maybe have j... Read More

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