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(Sep 3, 2015) Do we, in Canada, do enough to protect our children’s privacy interests? I personally think there’s a lot of work still to be done in this area, starting with the need to educate parents about what is and what is not appropriate to post on social media outlets when wanting to share info about their kids. Haven’t we all seen that one parent disclose WAY too much information about their child? It’s embarrassing and potentially very damaging. This week, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC)... Read More

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Following Ashley Madison, Gov’t Investigates Employees Implicated

(Sep 3, 2015) In a piece for The Toronto Star, Robin Levinson King questions whether things will ever be the same following the Ashley Madison breach. “Beyond the sex and the secrecy is a story about what privacy means in the digital age and what responsibility both companies and Internet users have towards protecting others’ privacy,” King writes. Meanwhile, the BC government is investigating the government emails uncovered in the breach, CKNW reports. According to the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and ... Read More

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Chester: Better Standards, De-ID Pros Needed

(Sep 3, 2015) “As healthcare organizations continue to collect more and more patient data across the spectrum of care, there is a rapidly growing need to access and use this treasure trove of data to solve some of healthcare’s most challenging problems,” writes Privacy Analytics Vice President of Professional Services Geordie Chester. Big data research has the capability of helping to solve some of healthcare’s most pressing issues, he writes, but ensuring patient privacy is protected and that secondary use i... Read More

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Will Guidelines Help Wearables Gain Consumer Trust?

(Sep 3, 2015) Wearables are in demand: Some estimates exceed more than $100 billion in annual sales by 2018. Fitness trackers and other wearable devices help chronicle daily steps, monitor sleep and track other useful data—providing obvious benefits for users looking to improve their health and productivity. Privacy and security experts worry, however, that this immense amount of extremely personal data could end up in the wrong hands. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Anura Fernando looks at what can be done. Read More

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

GPEN Finds Apps Collecting Kids’ Info

(Sep 3, 2015) After examining almost 1,500 apps and websites aimed at children, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network found 67 percent harvest personal information with only 31 percent employing controls, Tech Crunch reports. Adam Scott of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office said, “The attitude shown by a number of these websites and apps suggested little regard for how anyone’s personal information should be handled, let alone that of children.” Though Canadian Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien note... Read More

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

Senior Leadership and the Post-Hack Blame-Game

(Sep 3, 2015) In the wake of the Ashley Madison hack, corporate leadership must continue to grow wise to the gravity of data incidents and the reality that when breaches occur, the blame usually falls on them, V3 reports. “What was a PR nightmare for the company also turned into a PR nightmare for the CEO,” the report states, noting Ashley Madison’s former CEO “now finds his name on a growing list of people previously in high-profile positions ousted as a direct result of a hack.” The report includes a look at the fallout from a 2011 case, suggesting the “trend is that people in high-level positions in every sector are being held directly accountable for cyber breaches.” Read More

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

Baby Monitors Leave Backdoor for Hackers

(Sep 3, 2015) Fusion reports on risks associated with the hacking of baby monitors, illustrated by numerous examples over the last few years of hackers intruding on the devices to “scream at toddlers, to curse out their parents and to turn them into spy cams.” Recently, security firm Rapid 7 tested nine Internet-connected baby monitors and found each to be flawed in ways that could allow hackers to intrude. “Eight of the nine cameras got an F and one got a D-minus,” said researcher Mark Stanislav, adding that... Read More

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

New to Privacy? Get Up-To-Speed Fast

(Sep 2, 2015) Inspired by a question from one of our members, the latest addition to the IAPP Resource Center is a list of introductory-level books for incoming privacy professionals or people just looking to learn more about the field. The IAPP Privacy List came through with lots of great titles, including, not surprisingly, some IAPP-published training books like Building a Privacy Program—A Practitioner’s Guide and the third edition of Privacy Law Fundamentals, published this year. Also included in t... Read More

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

Discussing the Value of a CIPP, CIPM, CIPT

(Sep 2, 2015) IAPP Certification Director Doug Forman and Robinson & Cole LLP’s Governance Manager Jim Merrifield talk the value of obtaining Certified Information Privacy Professional, Certified Information Privacy Manager and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPP, CIPM and CIPT) certifications as well as the credentials’ past and future in ILTA’s new free podcast, “Certifiable! The Value of Certifications to Your Career—CIPP, CIPM and CIPT with IAPP,” Connected Community reports. “We’re seeing that employers are encouraging and, in cases, requiring their employees to have the certification,” Forman explains. Read More

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

CISO, CIO Alliance Necessary

(Sep 2, 2015) The discordant relationship that oftentimes exists between CISOs and CIOs needs to instead become one of unity against the “common enemies” of data theft and mismanagement, Healthcare IT News reports. "We've got to figure out how we get together and meet in the middle," Fairview Health Services’ CISO Barry Caplin noted at the publication’s recent Privacy & Security Forum. A simple first step, he continued, is considering "the way we use the language," stressing the need for CISOs to "go out to your CIOs and talk about these things: 'What problems am I causing for you? What do you hate about security and IT?' They'll tell you all kinds of stuff. And then you can start partnering to solve the problem." Read More

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