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(Jul 29, 2016) A while back, there was an important privacy case about the use of video surveillance in the workplace.  It’s mostly known as the Eastman case, and it was about a group of employees who complained to the OPC when their employer, CP Rail, put up a series of video cameras in the train yards. It’s a relatively famous case because it was the first time the court endorsed what is now known as the four-part test for reasonableness. If you want to know what those four parts are, just read the case or e... Read More

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Defendant in landmark 'revenge porn' case seeks new trial

(Jul 29, 2016) The defendant in a landmark "revenge porn" civil suit is seeking a new trial, claiming he could not afford a lawyer during the first set of proceedings, National Post reports. The initial trial was the first successful suit against an individual for perpetrating so-called revenge porn, when the defendant, known as N.D., was forced to pay $140,000 to his ex-girlfriend after posting intimate videos of her online without permission. N.D’s lawyer said the defendant’s lack of legal representation was... Read More

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Study: Only 38 percent of Canadians know about AdChoices program

(Jul 29, 2016) The Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada conducted a study to determine Canadian citizens’ awareness of the AdChoices program, The Globe and Mail reports. Only 38 percent of the 1,000 Canadians surveyed recognized the AdChoices symbol inside the corner of an online ad giving users information about their targeted ads and allowing users to opt-out of targeting. The results fall in line with other countries. Portugal had 40 percent awareness, Britain 28 percent, and the U.S. 32 percent. The DAAC is working to promote more information about AdChoices. Half of the respondents viewed targeted advertising more favorably after learning more about the AdChoices program. Read More

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Law enforcement, legislators meeting to discuss fighting privacy crimes

(Jul 29, 2016) The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law will discuss topics such as cyberstalking and cyberbullying during their 29th annual conference, The Canadian Press reports. Members of the organization, including judges, lawyers, legislators and law enforcement officials, will talk about the challenges they face when delivering justice in the digital age. “Organizers say the anonymity of the online world, along with the lack of national boundaries, creates space for virtually untraceable... 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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Overview of proposed national security laws

(Jul 28, 2016) A few weeks ago, the government of Canada introduced three bills in Parliament dealing with national security issues. One bill proposes a new National Security and Intelligence Committee for greater oversight of the intelligence community and the other proposals aim to continue strengthening Canada-U.S. cooperation at the border. Timothy Banks, CIPM, CIPP/C, writes for Privacy Tracker about these bills, including the authority of the proposed committee and whether the new legislation will set the stage for expanded biometric screening of individuals heading from Canada into the U.S. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

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Blockchain vendors working to temper banks’ fears

(Jul 27, 2016) American Banker reports blockchain vendors are working to assuage fears banks may have regarding the technology’s transparency. While private blockchain transactions currently in development are only allowed for trusted entities to participate, banks are concerned about revealing sensitive information to their competition. Blockchain vendors are working to restore privacy in distributed ledgers by permitting users to encrypt important information, or completely leave them off the chains, despite... Read More

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Ethics and the privacy harms of WikiLeaks

(Jul 26, 2016) It’s been a busy week or two for WikiLeaks, with massive data dumps of emails related to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and, most recently, officials in the U.S. Democratic National Committee. Both leaks appear to be attempts by the controversial organization to expose government corruption and make officials accountable. But in so doing are they violating the privacy of scores of innocent people? In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP, looks into the two latest leaks and the corresponding violations of privacy — including the possible exposure of the personal information of nearly every woman in Turkey — to demonstrate the ethical need for weighing the public good against privacy harms, something privacy professionals grapple with every day. Read More

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Roundup: Singapore, Russia, Pakistan, US and more

(Jul 25, 2016) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about plans in Singapore to introduce legislation to safeguard sensitive data used by tech companies, as well as new guidance from the Personal Data Protection Commission on disposing of personal data. A Russian MP has proposed delaying the nation’s data retention law until the year 2023. A roundtable conference discussed Pakistan’s cybercrime bill, saying it needs amendments to protect privacy. In Europe, Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe’s opinions on data retention obligations in Sweden and the U.K. are bringing questions and speculation. And in the U.S., Connecticut prepares for its new student privacy law, Illinois passed a law limiting cellphone surveillance by police, and a court has said it’s legal to “upskirt” in Georgia. (IAPP login required.) Read More

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