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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 the priorities that will guide his office throughout the next year, which include work on government surveillance, biometrics and the “economics of personal information.” Read More

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European Commission VP Talks Digital Single Market, Safe Harbor

(May 28, 2015) European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, in his first official visit to the U.S., spoke of international cooperation and a “longstanding history of trust” between the two regions. Ansip addressed an audience at the Brookings Institution, fleshing out the proposed EU Digital Single Market, which he called a "top priority for the European Commission," and discussing the free flow of information, Safe Harbor and other topics. Read More

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EU and APEC Officials Agree To Streamline BCR/CBPR Application Process

(May 26, 2015) Winning approval for both binding corporate rules (BCRs) and cross-border privacy rules (CBPRs) takes significant work to achieve. 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. Read More

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Privacy Innovation Awards—Where Are They Now? Part One: Vodafone

(May 26, 2015) The call for nominees is now open for the 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. The Privacy Advisor will be profiling some of our past winners, starting with the 2012 Innovation Award-Winning Project, Vodafone Privacy Programme. Read More

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Australian Privacy Management Framework Launched

(May 26, 2015) On May 4, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner released its previously announced Privacy Management Framework. The framework is intended to assist private and public sector organisations in meeting their Australian privacy compliance obligations. It follows previously released accountability/ privacy governance guides issued by the respective Canadian, Hong Kong and French privacy regulators. Read More

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Study: Criminals Find Gold Mine in Easy-To-Access Healthcare Data

(May 26, 2015) A recent Ponemon study found criminal attacks are up 125 percent in the last five years and are the new leading cause of healthcare data breaches. This represents a major shift of data breach causes from accidental to intentional as criminals increasingly target and exploit healthcare data—particularly medical files and billing and insurance records. Rick Kam, CIPP/US, and Larry Ponemon, CIPP/US, discuss what should be done. Read More

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