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(Aug 21, 2015) I’m just going to say it: The summer of 2015 is the Summer of No Privacy. Let’s hope the rest of the year improves on the track record set over the last little while. So why do I say this? I figure you only have to look at the top three things that are getting headlines in the news these days.  First, there’s the awful story about the Ashley Madison breach and the related release of tons of personal information—very sensitive information at that. I characterize it as awful because we can’t dec... Read More

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Ashley Madison Suit Filed

(Aug 21, 2015) Amidst hackers’ exposure of more information from infidelity site Ashley Madison, Toronto lawyers have filed a class-action notice in Superior Court, Toronto Sun reports. On Thursday, “Impact Team, the ‘hacktivist’ group who released 10 gigabytes of customer data earlier this week, dropped another 20 gigabytes of data, including emails from the inbox of company CEO,” the report states. “It seems massive in some respects, but for us, it’s a classic privacy breach case,” said Ted Charney, one of t... Read More

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Calls for Compulsory Reporting, Privacy Training

(Aug 21, 2015) BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham believes the province should require mandatory privacy breach reporting, Times Colonist reports. Because BC still has voluntary breach reporting, “Denham said she has no way of knowing whether she’s hearing about all serious cases or whether citizens and consumers are being properly notified,” the report states. Meanwhile, in St. Johns, an attorney has filed a class-action against Kiewit Energy over a privacy breach, and The Canadian Press... Read More

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Privacy Commissioners Urge Caution

(Aug 21, 2015) The Offices of the Privacy Commissioner and of the BC and Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioners have created new guidelines for BYOD programs, Vancouver Sun reports. “Allowing employees to use their mobile phones, tablets and laptop computers for both personal and professional use carries significant privacy risk—particularly when one world collides with the other,” said Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, adding, “Companies need to consider the risks in advance and prepare to manage t... Read More

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Policies Don’t Address the Fate of Data

(Aug 21, 2015) If a company goes bankrupt, personal data can go to the highest bidder, experts speaking at the I2P Conference in Toronto reminded attendees. Sheridan College Prof. Nicholas Johnston, who previously worked as a digital forensics expert, noted that most people are unaware “of how bad identity theft can be and assume they’re putting personal information into trustworthy hands,” The Toronto Star reports. Johnston reviewed privacy policies from about 30 websites, finding that “few companies actually detailed what would happen” to the data they collected if their companies were sold, the report states. “My personal information has value … so why shouldn’t I be treated that way?” Johnston said. Read More

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Roundup: Courts, Commissioners Take Action

(Aug 21, 2015) CBC News reports, Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton is appealing a ruling that “significantly limits her powers to hold the government accountable” to Canada’s Supreme Court. University of King’s College’s Dean Jobb writes for National Post on an “about face” on police disclosures of those who have died as a result of violent crimes. The Toronto Star reports the Ontario Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has found “no evidence of tampering or interference ... Read More

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Web Conference: Preparing for the Inevitable

(Aug 20, 2015) You’ve probably heard it before: It’s not “if,” but “when.” Beyond the many high-profile breach events that we’ve all been reading about in headline news, “incidents” occur daily—at organizations of every size and sector—that may or may not rise to the level of a breach. The IAPP will host a web conference on Tuesday, September 1, on “Becoming Compromise Ready—How To Identify Threats and Prepare for Data Loss Incidents.” Panelists Marshall Heilman of Mandiant Consulting, Craig Hoffman, CIPM, of BakerHostetler, and John Moschandreas of Procter & Gamble will look at The BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report 2015 to help you prepare for the inevitable at your company. Read More

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Help the IAPP Get to SXSW!

(Aug 20, 2015) The IAPP hopes to be Austin-bound again in 2016, and we need your help. We’ve submitted six sessions for consideration for South by Southwest Interactive 2016 (SXSW). The SXSW organizers rely heavily on crowdsourcing to select their sessions, and voting for the 2016 programming began August 10 and runs through September 3. Our proposed sessions feature privacy pros and other experts on how to become a female leader in privacy and tech; how big tech firms protect consumer privacy; revenge porn; innovations in privacy; surveillance and body cameras, and “new tech, old social norms.” To vote, head to http://panelpicker.sxsw.com and click on our sessions. Read More

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Blackphone 2 Coming in September

(Aug 20, 2015) Silent Circle’s privacy-focused Blackphone has a new iteration: Blackphone 2, TechWorm reports. “Thanks to the encryption and special software, all calls and texts made with the phone are secure from all the inquisitive eyes,” the report states. The phone employs Silent OS and Spaces, a program that permits “users and companies to create isolated operating system accounts that don’t interact with each other and therefore, remain more secure,” the report continues. Currently available for preorder, the device will be widely released in September. Read More

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Cross: Real-Name Policy Doesn’t Curb Harassment

(Aug 20, 2015) Sociologist Katherine Cross argues that real-name policies implemented by several social networks and online communities will not stop cyber harassment, Wired reports. “The anti-anonymity lobby is being led by very large companies that have built both a business model and an ideology around forcing us to have a specific set of identities we bring to the Internet,” Cross said. “It’s being dressed up as a solution to abuse, but it is not … anonymity does not cause harassment—it does play a role, but it is much more complicated than most people make it out to be.” Cross added, “If we continue down this path of blaming anonymity, we will never tackle the causes of online harassment.” Read More

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