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(Feb 12, 2016) In a post on our Privacy Perspectives blog this week, Omer Tene and Trevor Hughes wrote about the impact the Obama administration was making on the privacy profession: "With Tuesday’s executive order establishing a Federal Privacy Council, President Obama — who a year ago visited the Federal Trade Commission to give remarks about privacy, who submitted comprehensive consumer privacy legislation to Congress, and who tasked his most senior advisor John Podesta with examining the privacy impl... Read More

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Nova Scotia privacy commissioner: Premier’s office broke privacy law

(Feb 12, 2016) When the chief of staff for Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil publicly released sensitive medical data about a former cabinet minister last year, he violated the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, The Canadian Press reports. “The report finds that the disclosure is a breach of the privacy rules,” said Nova Scotia Privacy Commissioner Catherine Tully. Her report also states that the breach occurred because of a lack of privacy training for a majority of the premier’s senior staff. Additionally, Tully’s report also recommends the premier’s office create and hire a chief privacy officer to improve internal policies and oversee staff privacy training — not just in the premier’s office, but in other government agencies as well. Read More

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Netizens weigh in on criminal DNA collection

(Feb 12, 2016) A CBC News online forum found respondents split on the issue of criminal DNA collected by law enforcement. “DNA should be collected at birth for every child born in Canada,” said a respondent with the user name Wise Guy. “It would be invaluable for health care services, police, etc. Names are stored, fingerprints, photos, blood type, SSN. Our DNA is just us. Get over it and start collecting." Not everyone agreed. "This stinks of George Orwell's ‘1984,’” said Philip Hynes. “It might make sense in the case of violent offenders where human life is at risk but to be catalogued at birth sets a dangerous precedent. Who is to say that the data could not be misused?" Read More

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Therrien: GOC should rethink surveillance practices

(Feb 12, 2016) Canadian Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien requested that the Government Operations Centre review its surveillance practices of lawful, peaceful protests, the Toronto Star reports. The agency was found to have collected information regarding more than 800 such protests in 2014. “In [the request] we asked that a more detailed analysis of the privacy risks relating to monitoring of public protests and demonstrations be undertaken and given to us to review,” said Therrien spokeswoman Tobi Cohen in a statement. “We are actively consulting with Public Safety on this file to make sure that we, and the Canadian public, have a full understanding of how personal information is being collected and shared under this program.” Read More

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Potential data breach at hospital investigated

(Feb 12, 2016) Investigators are looking into an alleged breach at Inuvik Hospital on behalf of Beaufort Delta Health and Social Services, CBC News reports. The investigation was catalyzed by a patient’s complaint in October that employees were “inappropriately handling” hospital data, the report states. “I just want to reiterate that at this point in time it is an alleged breach," said the agency’s Arlene Jorgensen. "We are really waiting for the investigators to provide the report to us to really verify what... Read More

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Privacy Bar Section of the IAPP unveiled

(Feb 11, 2016) The IAPP formally announced on Wednesday the Privacy Bar Section of the IAPP, a group geared toward administering to the distinct needs of those in the privacy-oriented legal profession, The Privacy Advisor reports. Of the IAPP’s more than 25,000 members, “we know more than 40 percent are lawyers,” said IAPP President and CEO J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, “and these lawyers need services.” The bar aims to be a place for privacy-focused legal professionals and academics to come together to both discuss... Read More

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Google to honor RTBF requests worldwide, for European users

(Feb 11, 2016) Reuters reports on changes Google plans to make in how it honors “right to be forgotten” requests for European users. The new move will honor delinking in all of Google’s versions — i.e., Google.com or Google Germany — for users in the country of origin for the takedown request. So, a user in France who goes to Google.com will not see approved takedown requests via France on all Google sites, though a user outside of France would see the link. Google will filter the search results via IP addresses. A spokesman from the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office said the move appears to be in line with concerns it expressed “on the scope of the requirement to de-list.” A spokeswoman from the French data protection authority said, “These elements are currently the object of an inquiry by the services of the CNIL.” Read More

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Google nudging email users to bolster their privacy, security

(Feb 11, 2016) Google’s email service, Gmail, will introduce two new design features aimed at driving users to improve their email privacy and security, TechCrunch reports. The new features include the ability for users to see whether their email was or will be encrypted and whether other users have been authenticated. The new authentication features will be user-friendly and will include a lock in the upper right-hand corner that shows the user when a communication is encrypted or not — similar to the l... Read More

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Video: ‘The Power of Privacy’

(Feb 10, 2016) Join psychologist and journalist Aleks Krotoski as she “travels the world to undergo challenges that will explore our digital life in the 21st century" for a documentary produced for the Guardian. "Our relationship to the Internet has reached an unprecedented level of connectedness," Krotoski said. "In this new environment, the state of privacy deserves a closer look." Read More

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GSMA releases privacy, security guidelines for IoT devices

(Feb 10, 2016) The GSMA — a trade group for mobile device manufacturers — has unveiled a set of guidelines intended to promote privacy and security with Internet of Things devices. The guidelines were developed through consultation with the mobile device industry, the press release states, and includes input from AT&T, China Telecom, Etisalat, KDDI, NTT Docomo, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor and Verizon as well as vendors 7Layers, Ericsson, Gemalto, Morpho, Telit and u-blox. The guidelines are int... Read More

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