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(May 22, 2015) Next week at this time, we will be closing in on the last general session of the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium in Toronto.  The conference comes together every year because of a lot of hard work from certain IAPP members who put up their hand, step up and volunteer their time to be conference chairs. These folks are chosen from the Canadian Advisory Board and they begin their heavy lifting in the fall, after hundreds of speaking proposals arrive.  They sift through all of them in the hopes to l... Read More

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Crowdsourced Plan Aims To Tackle “Privacy Deficit”

(May 22, 2015) OpenMedia’s David Christopher writes for The Huffington Post about the organization’s “crowd-sourced pro-privacy action plan,” launched this week. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has “welcomed” the initiative, CBC News reports. Canada’s Privacy Plan: A Crowdsourced Agenda for Tackling Canada’s Privacy Deficit begins with an introduction suggesting the country’s “growing privacy deficit has alarming consequences for our everyday lives. We’re at a tipping point where we need to decide whether... Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest

Police Start Pilot To Test Body-Worn Cameras

(May 22, 2015) Toronto police have launched a pilot project for body-worn cameras, The Globe and Mail reports, noting, “The year-long project in Canada’s most populous city will see 100 officers wear the cameras as three different models are tested. A report on the exercise will be completed by June 2016.” Staff Supt. Tom Russell said, “I think that this project has the potential to strengthen the policing profession, and I think it has the potential to strengthen our relationship with the community and enhance public trust.” Police have said they “consulted with the Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Privacy Commission to ensure the privacy of the public is protected,” the report states. Read More

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Cavoukian: Lack of PHIPA Prosecutions Brings Lack of Reporting

(May 22, 2015) Ontario’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner would like to see more prosecutions when healthcare workers snoop on patient files, but a survey reveals hospitals do not automatically alert police in snooping cases and are inconsistent in how they handle privacy violations, reports The Star. Former Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian points to the Office of the Attorney General's lack of prosecution of Personal Health Information and Privacy Act (PHIPA) cases. In the 11 years of PHIPA, there have been two attempts at prosecution, the report states. Cavoukian also questions whether law enforcement is necessary in the process, noting “it is clear that the expertise on determining whether there has been a breach of PHIPA lies with the commissioner's office.” Read More

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Yukon Gov’t Keeping Names, Salaries Private

(May 22, 2015) The Yukon government is refusing to release names and specific salaries of public-sector workers that make more than $100,000, CBC reports. Currie Dixon, the minister responsible for the Yukon Public Service Commission, said in an announcement that doing so would violate the Yukon Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The statement was made in response to a CBC inquiry related to a report on “sunshine lists” that noted, “Government is the top public-sector employer in Yukon, accou... Read More

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Uber Ups the Privacy Ante with New Hires

(May 21, 2015) Sabrina Ross, CIPP/US, formerly of Apple, is joining Uber’s privacy team in the midst of the company’s initiative to improve its privacy processes. “At Uber, she’ll specifically work on privacy aspects of regulatory and policy issues. She’ll also be reviewing the privacy practices of Uber’s partnerships with companies like Spotify, Starwood and American Express,” Re/Code reports. Ross will be joining the likes of Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and Managing Counsel Katherine Tassi, who previously served as Facebook’s head of data protection. The focus on privacy has, according to an Uber report, resulted in improvements. “Uber has dedicated significantly more resources to privacy than we have observed of other companies of its age, sector and size,” the review said. Read More

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Choosing the Best File-Sharing Option for Your Org

(May 19, 2015) “Not all file-sharing solutions are created equal,” writes HoGo CEO Hiro Kataoka. But, he adds, “Understanding the context in which an organization intends to use file-sharing technology is just the first step. It’s also important to weigh risk against the primary features of both on-premises and cloud-based file-sharing systems.” In this post for Privacy Tech, Kataoka explores the pros and cons of both solutions and describes the coming hybridization and the promise it will hold for protecting and sharing valuable enterprise data. Read More

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

Microsoft Unveils Lockbox-Style Technology; Dropbox Certifies Under ISO Standard

(May 19, 2015) Microsoft’s research arm has announced a new technology that aims to protect cloud workloads, eWeek reports. Last year, Microsoft announced its lockbox approach to safeguarding cloud data, which puts the customers in complete control of their data and requires consent before even Microsoft administrators can access it. The newly revealed Verifiable Confidential Cloud Computing technology takes a similar approach. Meanwhile, Dropbox has announced it has achieved certification for ISO 27018. “We s... Read More

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

System Aims To Produce Fake Passwords In Hacked Databases

(May 19, 2015) Researchers have created a data protection system that would make it more difficult for hackers to obtain passwords from leaked databases, CIO reports. In a research paper submitted for consideration at the 2015 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, the team of researchers unveiled ErsatzPasswords, which misleads hackers using brute force attacks to unlock hashed passwords. Purdue University’s Mohammed Almeshelkah said adversaries “will still be able to crack that file; however, the passwords they will get back are fake passwords or decoy passwords.” ErsatzPasswords adds an additional step to passwords when they are encrypted, making it impossible to restore them to the original plain-text form. Read More

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

Software Firm Introduces Next Generation VoIP Solution

(May 19, 2015) TechRepublic reports on Ring, the next generation of the SFLphone project produced by Canadian-based open-source software firm Savoir-faire Linux aimed at giving users a secure VoIP solution. “Ring uses OpenDHT to connect users instead of a centralized SIP server system such as Asterisk,” the report states, which allows Ring “to bypass the server-client methodology by passing along user information to each other.” There’s a growing need for secure communications and “existing solutions are not secure,” the report states, noting services such as Skype and its competitor WhatsApp received poor scores in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Secure Messaging Scorecard. Read More

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