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(Aug 28, 2015) Can you feel it in the air? I think it’s safe to say that summer is winding down. Back to school ads are being placed on websites at an alarming rate, which always makes me wonder whether it's part of a behavourial tracking campaign or if everyone is getting these. The volume of work is picking up, issues seem to be more pressing and deadlines that seemed so far away are fast approaching or, heck, they're here. I’m not sure what your fall is shaping up to be, but if I were to guess, I’d predict... Read More

Canada Dashboard Digest

Ashley Madison Troubles Persist

(Aug 28, 2015) Ashley Madison continues to find itself in hot water, as does The Impact Team, the as-yet-unknown hackers behind the breach, which Canadian authorities are charging with “theft, extortion and criminal harassment,” CBC News reports. And Information regarding the specific identities behind the Ashley Madison hack is worth $500,000, Toronto police said on behalf of Avid Life Media, the organization that runs the hacked site, Tech Crunch reports. The announcement comes on the heels of an alleged dua... Read More

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Police Say Warrantless Access to Subscriber Data Needed

(Aug 28, 2015) Following last June’s Supreme Court ruling that law enforcement needs a warrant to access the subscriber information held by Internet service providers (ISPs), the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is lobbying for another way to get the information it says its members need to solve crimes, reports The Canadian Press. In a newly published document, the group argues for an administrative scheme, or some new judicial order process, that would allow law enforcement to access subscriber data in real time. Criminal investigations, the paper says, are “often delayed and in some cases not pursued” because of the time it takes to get a warrant. Read More

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Senate Reports Point to Tory Privacy Priorities

(Aug 28, 2015) Newly released Senate committee reports provide a glimpse into Conservatives’ privacy policy priorities, writes Michael Geist for The Tyee. Specifically, the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence released two reports recommending a “massive expansion in the collection and sharing of biometric information” at the borders and “examining training and certification of imams in Canada.” While the reports acknowledge potential privacy issues, they offer, Geist says, few protective measures other than “appropriate oversight.” Read More

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#BathrobeGuy Deserves Privacy, Too

(Aug 28, 2015) Have you seen #BathrobeGuy? Unwittingly, he has become the focus of media and popular attention, after being caught in the background during a political event at a single-sex fitness club where Finance Minister Joe Oliver was to appear. However, writes Darryl Konynenbelt for Huffington Post, “Is he really part of the story?” In fact, he argues, he isn’t, and the media’s fascination with him may be violating privacy law. Recently, Jones v Tsige found that an individual is liable for invasion of privacy if “he or she intrudes, physically or otherwise, upon the seclusion or private affairs or concerns of another person.” Isn’t that what’s happening here? Read More

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Camera-Equipped Garbage Trucks Have Community Nervous

(Aug 28, 2015) One community in West Island has a new garbage pick-up plan that sees residents being charged for the volume of garbage they produce, CBC News reports. The Beaconsfield system will involve garbage trucks being equipped with cameras on them, which has some residents uncomfortable with what’s being filmed. “It’s an invasion of privacy,” said Beaconsfield resident Wesley Prillo. “You can’t go through someone’s garbage unless you have a warrant.” Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle said the cameras are a matter of efficiency and that once placed on the curb, the garbage becomes city property. Read More

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Would a Law Degree Take Your Privacy Career to the Next Level?

(Aug 27, 2015) The IAPP Privacy List recently lit up a bit when a member posed this question: Should I go get a law degree? It was a legit question; the IAPP 2015 Salary Survey found that after C-suite or VP-level positions, lead counsel had the highest median salaries among privacy pros. But getting a law degree isn't a small feat. There's studying for the LSATs; praying to some God you get in; three years of nail-biting through papers and exams, and then, and THEN, the bar. Oh, and all that debt. So is all that worth it? Will it mean a straight line to privacy pro success? This exclusive for The Privacy Advisor aims to answer that question—and commenters are already adding to the dialogue at the finish of the piece. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Don’t Blow Data Protection, CIOs, or You’ll Get Sued

(Aug 27, 2015) CIOs and CISOs beware—data mismanagement at your company could land you in hot water, Bloomberg BNA reports, citing Donna Seymour, CIO of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and her inclusion in an OPM lawsuit as precedent for the treatment of CIOs after a breach. “More and more, CIOs and CISOs will be personally accused for their actions, and inactions, prior to and during, cyber-events, and personally named as parties in lawsuits,” the report continues. “It will be argued that the CIO and/or CISO, by dint of their role and purported expertise, assume a fiduciary duty to the shareholders and to those whose information they are supposed to protect, requiring the installation, monitoring and modification/updating of appropriate cybersecurity measures.” Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

How Can You Become Compromise Ready?

(Aug 27, 2015) With data protection, the best defense is a good offense. And the IAPP’s newest web conference, Becoming Compromise Ready, shows you how. In the next installment of the Insight web conference series, privacy professionals dissect the findings from the BakerHostetler Privacy and Data Protection Team’s recent study on data breach preparedness, covering everything from how to best “react and respond” to threats to how to strategize internal security. Read More

Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest, Canada Dashboard Digest, Daily Dashboard, Europe Data Protection Digest

Privacy Done Right Will Fuel the IoT

(Aug 27, 2015) For corporations, respecting both user privacy and data will be the key to long term Internet of Things (IoT) success, suggests Dominique Guinard, CTO at IoT platform Evrythng in an op-ed for Ad Age. “Brands would be wise to understand that the coming influx of consumer data is a pseudo revenue stream that must be protected and nurtured,” the column states. “As such, the perception of privacy and respect are tantamount for long-term engagement with customers … It is every company's responsibility to create a plan for capturing as much consumer data through their IoT programs as they can.” Why? Because “the firms that capture and use data the best will be valued the highest.” Read More

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