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(May 1, 2015) My law practice today is primarily made up of doing privacy-related work with a good dose of freedom-of-information files. Back in 2007 when I first went out on my own, some people thought that I was crazy to open up a specialty shop. I must say that in the first few months of waiting for the phone to ring, I also had some doubts about what I was doing. But, shortly after I got started, a good friend of mine, Ian Kerr, referred someone to me, to handle a unique “slip and fall” case with a privac... Read More

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BC Privacy Commissioner Concerned About Bus Cameras

(May 1, 2015) British Columbia Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has expressed privacy concerns about surveillance cameras newly added to Greater Victoria buses, Vancouver Sun reports. In 2013, Denham expressed similar concerns about cameras that were installed on the outside of buses. Commenting on the new cameras, Denham said citizens living “ordinary, lawful, public lives” shouldn’t have those activities recorded without their consent. Similarly, the Winnipeg Free Press reports on the proliferation of surveillance cameras in public and the careful balancing act between public safety and individual privacy. Read More

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Whistleblower Case Now With Privacy Commissioner

(May 1, 2015) A Saskatoon-based healthcare worker who was suspended without pay not long after blowing the whistle about the living conditions of senior citizens in the institution at which he works is now having his case reviewed by the provincial privacy commissioner, Ronald Kruzeniski, CBC reports. Healthcare worker Peter Bowden had testified about the conditions to the legislature last month and was then later suspended. NDP Opposition Leader Cam Broten said Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall “is directing hi... Read More

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BC Civil Forfeiture Office Must Release Employee Names, Judge Rules

(May 1, 2015) The Globe and Mail reports that British Columbia’s Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) must release the names of its employees after an appeal to the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) was dismissed by a judge. Last year, the IPC decided the CFO could not withhold employee names due to fairness and transparency concerns about the agency. BC’s Ministry of Justice had challenged the IPC decision to the provincial Supreme Court, but the court denied that request. Jeremy Maddock, the citizen who originally filed the Freedom of Information request, said, “It’s been a long process. It shouldn’t have taken this long, but I feel good that I was a part of hopefully bringing some accountability to that office.” Read More

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Marijuana Users Aim for Class-Action After Data Breach

(May 1, 2015) More than 2,000 Nova Scotia citizens will be represented in Halifax this June when lawyers go before a federal judge in an attempt to certify a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 40,000 medical marijuana users for allegedly having their privacy breached by Health Canada in 2013, The Chronicle Herald reports. In November 2013, Health Canada mailed the authorized marijuana users and growers information about the Marijuana Medical Access Program, but the mail-out contained the program name as well a... Read More

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Could There Be a New Approach to BYOD?

(Apr 30, 2015) “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), while well-intentioned, can make IT managers, CIOs and, especially, employees want to pull their hair out,” writes ZixCorp Chief Technology Officer Nigel Johnson. In this post for Privacy Tech, Johnson discusses the tension between employee privacy and employer security and how a new BYOD architecture can provide a solution to both issues. “There’s a better way,” Johnson writes. Read More

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Challenge: Starting Up a Privacy Program

(Apr 30, 2015) For new chief privacy officers (CPOs) challenged with creating privacy programs, step one is, of course, developing an internal policy. But policies themselves do not create the "culture of privacy" that is essential to a successful privacy program. In part two of this quarterly series for The Privacy Advisor, TeleSign CPO Stephen Bolinger, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, who spent years at tech giant Microsoft, shares some of the strategic and tactical decisions he has made along the way as a first-time CPO at a start-up, including how to create the privacy pros you need to help you get the job done. Editor’s Note: There’s more on building a privacy program in the IAPP Resource Center. Read More

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RSA Survey Looks at Breach Responsibility

(Apr 30, 2015) Infosecurity Magazine reports on a new Tripwire survey gleaned from last week’s RSA Conference that found 41 percent of the 250 attendees said the “CIO, CISO or CSO” would be held responsible for a breach of an organization’s critical infrastructure while 35 percent believe they “should” be held responsible. “Cybersecurity liability is difficult to assign because you have to determine who knew about the risks, and then you have to figure out what they did, or did not do about them,” said Tripwire Senior Security Analyst Ken Westin, adding, “If the CEO is made aware of security risks and does not provide the resources or plans to fix them, they own some of the responsibility.” Read More

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OPC Announces Funding Recipients

(Apr 30, 2015) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has announced the projects supported through its 2015-2016 Contributions Program “will explore a wide range of emerging privacy issues, such as fitness tracking devices, lawful access and children and privacy policies.” The OPC received 39 proposals for the current funding cycle of the Contributions Program, and the recipients, who were evaluated by the OPC and an external peer review panel, can be found here. “The projects selected this year will hel... Read More

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Facebook API Will No Longer Share Friends’ Data

(Apr 29, 2015) In a move that is pleasing many of its users, Facebook is shutting down its API that lets users share their friends’ data to third-party apps, TechCrunch reports. Facebook had already disallowed apps developed after April 20, 2014 to do so, and, starting this week, no apps will share data in such a way. A Facebook spokesperson said, “if people don’t feel comfortable using Facebook and specifically logging in Facebook and using Facebook in apps, we don’t have a platform, we don’t have developers.” Facebook came to the decision after extensive research and interviewing users, concluding users would feel better with more control over their data. The spokesperson said when users are confident, “they feel happier and use our stuff more, and that’s what we’re trying to achieve.” Read More

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