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(Aug 25, 2016) Greetings from Brussels! Alas, as we near the end of August, one notices the uptake in traffic and increased bustle in the European quarter as folks return from holidays and start to focus on the run into the end of 2016. It’s been a balmy warm week here across Europe, and the calm, almost tranquil, pace of the last weeks here in Brussels is set to revert back to normalcy. Like a lot of people, I have been scrutinizing the media outpour in the hope that we might get a clearer understanding of ... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Notes from the iappANZ, August 26, 2016

(Aug 25, 2016) Welcome to this week’s privacy news from our region and beyond. The big ticket item in Australia (and Canada!) this week has been the release of the findings of the joint investigation by Australia’s and Canada’s Privacy Commissioners into the Ashley Madison website (following its well-publicised hacking last year). Commentators have described the Commissioners’ findings about the website’s security and privacy practices as “scathing.”   Leaving aside the moral question of whether a website th... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

British government mulls plans to sell patient data

(Aug 25, 2016) Politico reports the British government is considering a plan to sell patient health data to private organizations. New guidelines state patient data will be collected and stored in a centralized database run by NHS Digital. The decision comes after the British government dropped their care.data plan after two independent reviews criticized the plan over poor consent and a lack of transparency regarding where patient data would be shared. The government is saying data sharing will only be for th... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

ICO investigating Virgin Trains following Corbyn video leak


(Aug 25, 2016) The Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating Virgin Trains for a possible violation of the Data Protection Act after the company released footage of  Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn on one of the vehicles, Metro reports. Corbyn claimed he had to sit on the floor of one of the trains due to overcrowding, prompting Virgin Trains to release CCTV footage showing Corbyn walking past several rows of empty seats. The ICO will now determine whether the leak is a privacy violation. “All organ... Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Ex-officer wins lawsuit after department’s illicit monitoring

(Aug 25, 2016) The BBC reports a former Met Police officer won her case after suing the department for illicitly monitoring her activities. The Met surveilled former Detective Constable Andrea Brown after she went on vacation with her daughter while on sick leave. The Met Police and the Greater Manchester Police both admitted to violating the Data Protection Act and Brown’s right to privacy before the final ruling. “What is significant is that the judge commented that the senior police officers involved in this case didn't appear to have any appreciation or understanding of the laws that regulate their conduct in this area, and didn't acknowledge that they had done anything wrong," said Brown’s Solicitor Advocate David Gray-Jones. Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Reviewer of Terrorism gives stamp of approval

(Aug 25, 2016) U.K. Independent Reviewer of Terrorism David Anderson’s newly published review of Britain’s bulk surveillance plan found that there was “no viable alternative to the use of the powers by GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 in the fight against terror,” the BBC reports. Anderson also cautiously expressed support of bulk surveillance “in principle,” although he acknowledged that the government had not yet proven its merit through extensive, widespread use. Prime Minister Theresa May praised his findings, but not everyone was as pleased, such as representatives from campaign group Liberty. "Liberty called for an impartial, independent and expert inquiry into these intrusive powers — yet sadly this rushed review failed on all three counts," said Liberty’s Bella Sankey. Read More

Europe Data Protection Digest

Victorian foster care system breaching children’s data for more than 10 years

(Aug 25, 2016) Three out of four Victorian child protection department divisions have breached the privacy of children in its care for more than ten years, The Age reports. Should a breach subject discover their information was vulnerable, the agency would either pay the victim off or provide upgrade security tools for his or her home, the report states. “As a result of the disclosures there have been reports of children being threatened, carers being harassed at their homes and receiving menacing phone calls ... Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest

Justice minister announces proposed prisoner monitoring law

(Aug 25, 2016) New Zealand Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced a new proposed bill that will track prisoners in real-time, to prevent them from escaping prison under an assumed name, Stuff.co.nz reports. Some government officials deemed the proposed law, dubbed the Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill, necessary after jailed murderer and pedophile Phillip John Smith fled the country on work release. "You tend to get ... a concern about potential privacy breaches, but my view is that public safety and law enforcement have to be the overriding criteria and if we have to amend the law to make that clear, then that's certainly something I'm prepared to advance,” Adams said. Read More

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