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(Apr 24, 2015) I once asked Frank Work, in front of a few hundred people, whether he wore boxers or briefs. Were you in the audience to hear his response? ‘Cause I'm not telling. Frank, of course, was the privacy commissioner in Alberta who oversaw the implementation of the private-sector law in that province, all the while keeping a watchful on eye on the public-sector stuff, too. Whether or not you were there to see my lame attempt to try and embarrass him, you’ll want to be at the next event where Frank is... Read More

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Therrien: Bill C-51 Goes Too Far

(Apr 24, 2015) Among those testifying on Bill C-51 Thursday before the Senate National Security Committee was Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, who dealt “the harshest blow,” Ottawa Citizen reports. “The bill would potentially lead to disproportionately large amounts of personal information of ordinary, law-abiding citizens being collected and shared,” Therrien said, adding that “the means chosen are excessive to achieve the end.” And Communications Security Establishment is concerned about “how its collec... Read More

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Whistleblowers Sue New Brunswick

(Apr 24, 2015) CBC News reports on a lawsuit against the province for an alleged breach of confidentiality. “Sherry Jeffers and Charlene Pitre are suing the provincial government for allegedly breaching their confidentiality as informants to a Department of Social Development investigation into the Saint John special care home where they once worked,” the report states, adding, the two have “filed statements of claim against the provincial government” alleging the department “failed to investigate the factual ... Read More

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RCMP Release Photos of “Uncooperative” Victims, Others

(Apr 24, 2015) The Surrey, BC, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) released photos of eight victims who it claims are not cooperating with investigations into a shooting spree, reports CBC. It also released photos of five other men believed to be involved in the shootings, but who have not been charged with a crime. The release is raising questions among civil liberties advocates as to both the privacy and safety of the victims. While the RCMP are subject to the federal Privacy Act, there are exceptions for public interest and Sgt. Dale Carr says, "If a person is aware of who committed the violent crime against them and are unprepared to share that with us, we need to take the steps to protect the rest of the public.”   Read More

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Smartphone Fingerprint Flaw Uncovered

(Apr 23, 2015) Security researchers have said they’ve found a flaw in Samsung’s S5 smartphone that allows hackers to use copies of a user’s fingerprints to unlock the phone, BBC News reports. The flaw found in Android-based phones and uncovered by security firm FireEye, makes it possible to capture the biometric data before it’s locked away securely, according to researchers Yulong Zhang and Tao Wei. Samsung said it takes security “very seriously” and is looking into the findings. Zhang and Wei are slated to present their research on Friday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, CA. Read More

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Vixie: Privacy Debate May Change Internet as We Know It

(Apr 22, 2015) In the second of a two-part interview with Information Security Media Group, CEO of Farsight Security and founding member of ICANN Paul Vixie discusses the future of the Internet. “Turns out the people who thought that independence, freedom and privacy were good things, and transparency—especially transparency of government action—would be facilitated by the Internet, were wrong,” he says, predicting growth of encryption technologies. Vixie says “perfect forward secrecy” is what’s coming. “It’s where most of the tricks that the governments have been relying on are going to stop working. We're going to see both sides bending toward extremism and bouncing back, and I think we are at least 10 years away from discovering a happy medium.” Read More

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Privacy Compliance Tool Released by Nymity

(Apr 22, 2015) Nymity has announced a new privacy compliance tool to help privacy offices “optimize” privacy. Nymity Research aggregates compliance developments to help organizations meet requirements, helps report to organization stakeholders and minimizes compliance risk. Nymity President and Founder Terry McQuay, CIPM, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, said, it “is the next generation compliance solution for privacy officers” and will help save “time and introduce new concepts such as push knowledge, monthly pre-configured employee newsletters, pre-configured management reports, privacy officer training and on-demand chat supported by former privacy officers.” Read More

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Research Unveils HTTPS-Crippling Bug

(Apr 21, 2015) Ars Technica reports approximately 1,500 iPhone and iPad apps include a bug that makes HTTPS encryption vulnerable, providing a way for adversaries to obtain encrypted passwords, bank account numbers and other sensitive information. The bug was uncovered by researchers last month and stems from a legacy version of an open-sourced code library called AFNetworking. The library allows developers to drop networking capabilities directly into their apps. AFNetworking has provided a patch, but not all... Read More

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On the Need for Better Data Visualization Tools

(Apr 21, 2015) Corporate networks are getting more complex, making it more difficult for security professionals to defend them against cyberattacks, The Wall Street Journal reports, and increasing the need for better data visualization programs. Too much time is spent looking at lines of code, and vendors have offered some visual solutions. “Unfortunately, they’re still circa 1998,” said Creative Solutions in Healthcare Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer Shawn Wiora. “Security is ... Read More

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Roundup: South America, the EU, U.S. and More

(Apr 20, 2015) The U.S. federal government is considering a host of cybersecurity and breach bills while states are pushing forward legislation that includes strengthening breach notification in Washington, increasing DNA collection in Colorado, regulating private drone use in Florida and limiting the retention of surveillance data in Virginia. In Brazil, the consultation period for the country’s draft data protection law has been extended, and in Argentina, there are new regulations on CCTV and do-not-call sanctions. In the EU, there’s been lots of talk about the proposed regulation—when it’s coming, what it will look like and how to prepare. Read about all this and more in this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

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