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(Jul 23, 2015) Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is also taking on the role of acting Australian information commissioner, Computerworld reports. Pilgrim will assume the additional role following the upcoming resignation of Information Commissioner John McMillan, who has been appointed to a two-year term as acting NSW ombudsman. “Pilgrim will carry out the functions and exercise the information commissioner's powers under the Privacy Act 1988, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Australian Information C... Read More

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IHMS Records-Sharing May Breach Privacy Laws

(Jul 23, 2015) The Guardian reports International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) handed personal medical records of asylum-seekers to Australia’s immigration department for “political purposes”—potentially breaching privacy laws. “The revelations are contained in the meeting notes of a clinical directors’ meeting at IHMS on confidentiality in September 2013” and raise “concerns about the role of the detention health provider IHMS, which delivers healthcare services to asylum seekers on the mainland a... Read More

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Stricter Drone Rules Announced

(Jul 23, 2015) A new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rule, announced this week, requires users of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones “to have a safety plan in place and consent from owners of property they are flying over,” Radio New Zealand News reports. UAV operators who are unable to obtain consent may “still fly a drone if they have an operating certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority,” the report states. The regulation, which goes into effect 1 August, “is going to enable more innovation in drone use, not stifle it. The rule makes sure they are safe and responsible,” said Transport Minister Simon Bridges. Read More

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Snowden Describes Privacy-Focused Internet, Calls for SPUD Protocol

(Jul 23, 2015) Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden remotely spoke at an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting, urging attendees to design an Internet for users, not spies, NDTV reports. “Who is the Internet for?” Snowden asked. “Who does it serve; who is the IETF’s ultimate customer?” He said the growing use of credit cards on the web is pinpointing users’ identities. “We need to divorce identity from persona in a lasting way,” he said. “If it’s creating more metadata, this is in general a bad thing.” Snowden urged the engineers to implement the SPUD protocol, reducing the number of intermediaries through which data passes by a combination of transport protocols. Read More

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Government: Citizens Have No Right to Privacy

(Jul 23, 2015) The Modi government Wednesday told India’s Supreme Court that citizens cannot invoke the concept of the fundamental right to privacy in attempts to scrap the Aadhaar national identity card program, India Today reports. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told Justice J. Chelameswar that the “constitution does not confer (the) right to privacy of citizens,” referring to a 1950s Supreme Court judgment in which eight justices ruled that citizens do not have such a right. Rohatgi added, “The law on right to privacy is vague in the country, and a larger bench should be constituted to pass an authoritative verdict on the issue. To be frank, question of violation of right to privacy does not arise when it does not exist.” Read More

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Aliyun Publishes Data Protection Pact

(Jul 23, 2015) At the first-annual Data Technology Day in Beijing, Aliyun, e-commerce company Alibaba’s cloud computing company, released its Data Protection Pact, MarketWatch reports. “We aim to make cloud computing the engine of the data technology economy, and big data a driving force of economic development,” said Aliyun President Simon Hu. “Aliyun will continuously be committed to building a cloud-computing ecosystem to efficiently and securely serve global clients.” The document details Aliyun user right... Read More

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Google Rolls Out User-Friendly Location History Tool

(Jul 23, 2015) Google is rolling out a new “your timeline” feature for Google Maps in coming weeks “that is certain to thrill some folks—and horrify others,” PCWorld reports. The feature allows users to view their entire location history on Google Maps based on data pulled from devices upon sign-in to Gmail. Google says it’s a useful way to remember where you’ve been on any given point in time and that it’s only viewable to the user. Read More

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Microsoft To Honor Revenge Porn Takedown Requests

(Jul 22, 2015) Calling it a “first step,” Microsoft announced Wednesday it will honor takedown requests for so-called “revenge porn” in its Bing search engine and content access removal from Xbox Live and OneDrive upon a victim's requests. “Much needs to be done to address the problem,” Jacqueline Beauchere wrote in a Microsoft blog post. “As a first step, we want to help put victims back in control of their images and their privacy.” The company has also set up a new reporting site for victims to inform Micro... Read More

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Ashley Madison Site Followed Standard Practice. That’s Bad

(Jul 21, 2015) The Verge reports on the hack of the controversial Ashley Madison website, known for promoting extramarital affairs, and how the site followed standard web security practices and failed to implement simple privacy and security design features, making such a breach “inevitable.” The site’s password-reset feature allowed other users to see who used the site, for one, and the site kept real names and addresses on file. Johns Hopkins Cryptographer Matthew Green makes the point that customer data is ... Read More

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More Stores Shut Down Photo Centers

(Jul 21, 2015) CVS recently disabled its online photo center following news of a potential breach through PNI Digital Media, following a similar action by Walmart in Canada, and now other stores in the U.S. and UK—including Rite Aid, Sam’s Club and Tesco’s—have moved to the do the same after PNI, which either manages or hosts the sites, examined the possible extent of the breach, Reuters reports. “We take the protection of information very seriously,” said Kirk Saville of Staples, which purchased P... Read More

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