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(Jul 28, 2016) Welcome to this latest edition of the Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest; it has been another big week in the field of privacy — which seems to be constantly expanding, much of this driven by the internet. One of the interesting regional developments has been the appointment of David Watts, one of Australia’s leading, high profile privacy commissioners, to lead a U.N. study looking at big data and open data and how they affect the right to privacy globally. The study will investigate big data, its b... Read More

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PCPD warns 'Pokemon Go' players to protect personal data

(Jul 28, 2016) Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data advised "Pokemon Go" players to take the appropriate measures to protect their personal data, the Hong Kong Free Press reports. Commissioner Stephen Wong said residents should be cautious of the app’s ability to gather personal data, while adding the importance of understanding an application’s privacy policy before a citizen downloads it on their phone. Wong also warned citizens of downloading fraudulent applications from non-official platforms, while recommending players to understand the risks they face when downloading “game guides and cheat-sheet software.” Read More

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ABS: Boycotting census questions could get you fined

(Jul 28, 2016) Failing to answer questions on the 9 Aug. Australian census on privacy grounds could result in fines, the Guardian reports. Privacy advocates and agencies called the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ plan to retain the addresses and names of census takers “a serious invasion of privacy,” the report states. Yet the Census and Statistics Act of 1905 makes boycotting questions a potential offense. “Australians traditionally show strong support for the census and the need to enforce penalties is rare... Read More

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Op-ed: Drone draft circular needs more specific privacy guidelines

(Jul 28, 2016) The Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s failure to acknowledge drone privacy issues is among its various shortcomings, Shashank Reddy and Tarun Krishnakumar write in an op-ed for The Wire. “Apart from a cursory statement that ‘privacy and protection of personnel/ property/data shall be given due importance,’ no further guidance is provided,” they say. “Given the patchwork privacy protection in India, it cannot be easily assumed that existing frameworks will be adequate to address issues of privacy raised by the use of drones.” While the document’s public comment session has ended, Reddy and Krishnakumar hope that the government will listen to criticisms and adjust the draft circular accordingly. Read More

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Police make over 1500 data requests from TradeMe

(Jul 28, 2016) In its 2016 Transparency Report, TradeMe disclosed that it received more than 1500 requests for information from police in 2016, and “pushed back” on 61 of those requests, Otago Daily Times reports. “Most police enquiries related to stolen goods (522), non-delivery (288), drugs (241), and credit card fraud (81),” the report states. While Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said that the company’s transparency is laudable, privacy advocates see the stats as less a commentary on corporate openness and more so on potential law circumvention. “Instead of seeking a legal order, police have asked companies to hand over the information to assist with the ‘maintenance of the law’ — requests that carry no legal force but with which firms regularly complied,” the report states. Read More

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Cybersecurity, IT pros most wanted in Singapore

(Jul 28, 2016) IT development and cybersecurity professionals are amongst the most desired workers in Singapore, ZDNet reports. “IT heads were setting aside budget to safeguard their systems from potential theft and damage and prevent service disruption, pushing the number of jobs available in this space to the highest in the city-state, according to recruitment agency Randstad,” the report states. “It pointed to various roles needed to support cybersecurity operation centers, including intrusion and incident detection and response, malware research and penetration testing.” Read More

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ADA: Private health insurers using HICAPS data for commercial gain

(Jul 28, 2016) The Australian Dental Association has sent a warning saying private health insurers owning dental surgeries are misusing data gathered through the HICAPS system for commercial gain, Australian Financial Review reports. The ADA sent the message responding to a Productivity Commission study into expanded data sharing. ADA President Dr. Rick Olive said the contracts between dentists and the insurers possessed clauses related to the use of private information in HICAPS he believes were “too generous” to insurers. "This enables insurers … especially those that are vertically integrated and operate practices owned by them … to have access to sensitive information and be able to act on this information to increase their competitiveness," the ADA submission said. Read More

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Lawyers warn companies to prep for breach reporting legislation

(Jul 28, 2016) Australian companies will face “U.S. levels of litigation” should they not prepare for and adhere to forthcoming breach reporting mandates, CIO reports. “Litigation would be initiated for breach of privacy obligations embedded in customer contracts and by consumer customers,” Jones Day’s Adam Salter said in the report. “Breach notification also means that cyber breaches could now be very public events that can result in private litigation, reputation and brand harm, and lead to governmental investigations, thereby increasing the legal risks to the reporting business,” added Jones Day’s Mauricio Paez. Read More

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Web con: PIAs, the GDPR and you

(Jul 28, 2016) Given the new and challenging requirements of the GDPR that will be enacted soon, companies and organizations doing business globally need to think hard about how to best implement efficient and effective data handling practices that are replicable and consistent. As a privacy professional responsible for overseeing these operations, what tools will you use, and how do you determine what privacy impacts your new products and services will have? A privacy impact assessment is the perfect tool to document and track these new initiatives, but it can be a complicated and challenging project to launch. Join “PIAs and Data Mapping – Operationalizing GDPR and Privacy by Design” on Aug. 24 for a virtual discussion. Read More

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Moens: Should privacy pros be concerned about blockchain?

(Jul 28, 2016) Blockchain has been a topic of much discussion in recent years, and organizations around the world have jumped at potentially using what could be a helpful tool in online transactions. As Information Integrity Solutions Deputy Managing Director Annelies Moens, CIPT, points out, “The technology is being talked about everywhere, but how new is it, and do we really understand it?” In this post for Privacy Tech, Moens provides a primer on the hot technology while discussing what privacy pros should know about blockchain and its privacy implications. Read More

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