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(May 29, 2015) In his keynote address to the almost 500 attendees at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien outlined his priorities for the next year, which include work on government surveillance, biometrics and the “economics of personal information.” Acknowledging the somewhat rocky start he faced during his early days on the job, Therrien said he hopes in the end to be judged by his actions. “I had my fair share of critics before I even uttered a word,” he said. However, he added, “I saw firsthand that there was a real interest and care in who was to fulfill the role.” Therrien’s plan for the year was informed by focus groups his office held across the country. Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard

Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, May 29, 2015

(May 29, 2015) If you weren’t able to tell from reading my remarks in this Digest over the past few weeks, I’ve been pretty excited about this year’s IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium. Well, now that it’s here, I can say that it has really lived up to expectations, and then some. Whether it was because of the awesome Soiree at the Hockey Hall of Fame, a great new conference location, the very thought-provoking keynote by Steve Mann, the future directions of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner shared by Privacy... Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest

Citizen Lab: Canada “Absolutely Behind” in the Privacy World

(May 29, 2015) A report released by Citizen Lab has found the Canadian government guilty of various privacy missteps, such as a lack of transparency in the handling of Canadian phone records. Christopher Parsons, the report’s author, describes Canada as “absolutely behind” on surveillance transparency and accountability, CBC News reports. Discoveries such as “millions” of user records being demanded by law enforcement, data from said records being sold to third parties and a lack of accountability on tracking how this data was actually used were seen as particularly troubling. “It raises real questions about the appropriateness of the powers or perhaps the appropriateness of the mandates or aggressiveness of the agencies that currently look to keep Canadians safe," Parsons said. Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest

Beamish Calls for Prosecution in Health Case; Reevaluates Police Case

(May 29, 2015) Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish wants “the government to prosecute health workers who allegedly snooped into medical records,” while he’s “reevaluating his court case against Toronto police over disclosing suicide attempts in records shared with outside agencies, following the force’s move to ban release of mental health information in background checks,” The Star reports. In the health records “snooping” case, Beamish is seeking charges following “some high-profile sn... Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest

Constabulary Completes Breach Review

(May 29, 2015) The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) has completed its review into a breach spanning several years “that impacted 12 people whose private information was accessed by a civilian employee of the force,” CBC News reports. RNC Chief Bill Janes noted the employee inappropriately accessed the Integrated Constabulary Automated Network on 33 different occasions. “The 12 people whose information had been accessed were sent letters from the RNC notifying them of the breach,” the report states, noting, the employee passed information to a third party on three occasions. "It's very unfortunate that it happened," Janes said. "We dealt with it the best we could in terms of an investigation and an internal disciplinary investigation." Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest

Salary Survey Released at Symposium

(May 28, 2015) In conjunction with the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, the IAPP is releasing the first regional breakout of its biennial Privacy Professionals Salary Survey. The report offers insight from about 200 Canadian privacy professionals on salary levels according to variables such as privacy experience, certifications, industry, size of organization, gender and more. The survey finds that the median salary for Canadian privacy professionals is $74,005, with the software and services industry topping the scales at $88,648. Also, take a look at data on recent raises and bonuses received and the differences in salaries related to position and acquiring a certification. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard

EU, APEC To Streamline BCR/CBPR Process

(May 27, 2015) Winning approval for both binding corporate rules (BCRs) and cross-border privacy rules (CBPRs) takes significant work. But to demonstrate compliance, many of the administrative hurdles are the same. That's why, as companies increasingly turn to BCRs and CBPRs as data transfer mechanisms, an EU/APEC working group has approved a plan for increased interoperability by making it easier for companies to comply with both BCRs and CBPRs all at once. “The idea is that organizations will be able to submit the single questionnaire to both EU DPAs, whose approval is needed for organizations to be granted BCRs, and to APEC Accountability Agents, whose approval is needed to be granted CBPRs,” Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, reports in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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

In Search of the 2015 Privacy Innovation Award Winners

(May 27, 2015) The call for nominees is now open for the 2015 HP-IAPP Privacy Innovation Awards, which recognize unique global privacy and data protection programs and services in both the private and public sectors, which got us thinking about our past winners. To gear up for this year’s selection, The Privacy Advisor is profiling some of the winners. In this feature, IAPP Publications Managing Editor Jennifer Saunders, CIPP/US, caught up with Vodafone Global Privacy Manager Amanda Chandler and Global Privacy Counsel Kasey Chappelle, CIPP/US, to talk about the 2012 Innovation Award-winning project, Vodafone Privacy Programme, where it is today and Vodafone’s future plans. Read More

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

Roundup: Germany, South Africa, Belgium, U.S. and More

(May 26, 2015) The latest proposed draft of Germany’s data retention legislation includes a provision for keeping the data in Germany, which some say may not sit well with U.S. tech firms. Meanwhile, Belgium has written a lengthy recommendation stating why it should be regulating Facebook, and EU ambassadors have agreed to a proposal that would create three levels of fines for violations of the data protection overhaul. Also in this week’s Privacy Tracker weekly legislative roundup, South Africa is taking steps to appoint an information regulator and newly proposed drone regulations may conflict with business uses, and you can read about updates on the 21st Century Cures bill, PCLOB and the USA PATRIOT Act as well as state actions in the U.S. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

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

Bad Guys Having a Field Day with Recent Breaches

(May 26, 2015) Brian Krebs reports on the underworld activity sparked by recent leaks of personal data from databases at Adult Friend Finder and mSpy. Rather than cash in via using stolen credentials, the play appears to be extortion and blackmail. With mSpy, a user’s iTunes username and password are necessary to load the program. Now, those who have access to the leaked credentials are remotely locking phones and “the only way to get their data back is to pay a ransom.” Similarly, while Adult Friend Finder di... Read More

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