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(Feb 24, 2015) For four years now, Hulu has been fighting allegations that it violated the Video Privacy Protection Act in sharing consumer data with third parties. In this Privacy Tracker post, Emily Yu, CIPP/US, provides an outline of the case, noting, “While this case focuses on a business engaged in online video streaming services, it also reveals trends in online consumer privacy concerns and the results of Hulu’s privacy practices … Any business that uses tracking technology and social networking on their websites should pay attention.” Read More

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Global News Roundup—February 17-23, 2015

(Feb 23, 2015) The Chilean government has put out a draft data privacy bill that would impose new sanctions and create a data protection authority; an Ontario court has ruled that patients have the right to sue hospitals for privacy violations; Hong Kong has issued new data transfer guidance, and the U.S. is addressing cybersecurity issues. Meanwhile, advocates say the Ambush Election Rule scheduled to go into effect this spring in the U.S. diminishes employee privacy. Read about this and more in this week’s Privacy Tracker weekly legislative roundup. Read More

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Privacy in the Machine World

(Feb 20, 2015) In 2014, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data were two of the hottest buzz words among privacy professionals. This year, “robotics” may be one of our oft-spoken words. In this post, we look at two of the challenges that robotics brings. One challenge facing privacy professionals is how to address potential privacy issues as autonomous robots powered by big data and network connectivity are brought into our personal spaces. Another, often equally challenging issue, is how to implement roboti... Read More

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Privacy In Brazil—The Marco Civil and the Draft Bill for a Personal Data Protection Law

(Feb 19, 2015) On January 28, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil started two public consultations to receive contributions on: (i) the decree that will regulate Law No. 12.965, of April 23, 2014, known as the Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights or the Marco Civil da Internet (MCI); and (ii) a Draft Bill for a Personal Data Protection Law, the Anteprojeto de Lei para a Proteção de Dados Pessoais (APL). The public consultations are being conducted through two specific interactive platforms that will collect contrib... Read More

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Global News Roundup—February 9-17, 2015

(Feb 17, 2015) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, take a look at the three bills being considered at the federal level aiming to update the United States’ Electronic Communications Privacy Act and a California bill tackling the same issue at the state level that has garnered lots of support. In Germany, a bill that would extend consumer rights organizations’ ability to sue on behalf of consumers may change the face of privacy enforcement in that country. And in The Netherlands, the lower house... Read More

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Evaluating Canada’s Proposed Secure Air Travel Act

(Feb 11, 2015) In this second Privacy Tracker post analyzing Canada’s proposed Anti-Terrorism Act 2015, Timothy Banks, CIPP/C, of Dentons Canada looks at the Secure Air Travel Act, which “amends Canada’s Passenger Protect Program and is a direct response to concerns about individuals departing Canada to engage in activities that promote terrorism abroad,” Banks writes. The proposal lowers the threshold for adding individuals to the “do-not-fly” list and expands the grounds for doing so, but it also adds a means of redress for listed individuals. “These are serious purposes involving grave national and international security objectives. The question for critics will not be (or should not be) the need for safety but whether there are sufficient safeguards,” Banks writes. Read More

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Global News Roundup—February 2-9, 2015

(Feb 9, 2015) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about a proposed law in Thailand that would prohibit individuals from using drones to record video without permission. Also, the Dutch government is reiterating its intent to hold onto its data retention law, and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office may now be auditing NHS authorities. In Germany, a draft law would give consumers the power to introduce class-actions for violations of the data protection law, and in the U.S., Pre... Read More

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Evaluating the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act

(Feb 3, 2015) Analysis of Gov’t Antiterrorism Act; OPC Concerned On January 30, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act 2015. Shortly afterwards, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) “sounded a privacy alarm,” writes Timothy Banks, CIPP/C, in this Privacy Tracker post. Banks analyses the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, the bulk of part one of the multipart legislation, which aims “to encourage and facilitate the sharing of information among Government of Canada institutions in order to protect Canada against activities that undermine the security of Canada.” Critics, including the OPC, are worried the “test for sharing may be so low as to tip the balance towards unrestrained sharing that will encourage over-collection.” Read More

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Global News Roundup—January 26-February 2, 2015

(Feb 2, 2015) In Brazil, public discussions aimed at shaping the county’s new Internet bill of rights have begun; China has issued clarifications on how companies can collect, use and protect individuals’ personal information, and the UK House of Lords rejected an attempt to get the so-called “snoopers’ charter” back into antiterrorism legislation. This week’s Privacy Tracker roundup also offers information on what Finland’s new Information Security Code and Canada’s new cyberbullying law mean for businesses. In the U.S., states are tackling data breaches, body-worn cameras and protecting health data, while the White House calls for breach notification and possibly more power for the Federal Trade Commission, and the House of Representatives looks at a bipartisan proposal to protect consumer information. Read More

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Will 2015 Bring State Surveillance Modernization to Canada?

(Jan 28, 2015) The debate over law enforcement surveillance powers continues in Canada as the federal government continues to introduce new legislation to grant additional powers or remove barriers to information gathering by law enforcement agencies and Canada’s spy agency in the battle against crime and, more importantly, terrorism. The debate is amorphous and involves a diverse set of issues and considerations regarding the preservation and collection of electronically stored information; the use of new ele... Read More

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