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(Feb 5, 2016) I spent this first week of February helping out a client in sunny California (poor me) and I can tell you it wasn't a bad way to pay the bills and get some vitamin D — something I know I'm missing this time of year. This week reminded me again just how most privacy issues have really become quite borderless. In fact, a privacy issue that doesn't have a transborder or online element of it is, pretty much, an anomaly these days. Businesses typically take compliance cues, first, from the country ... Read More

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Court expands privacy tort to revenge porn

(Feb 5, 2016) In what is being described as an expansion of the privacy tort, according to Legal Feeds, Ontario Superior Court Justice David Stinson has found in favor of Jane Doe in a case involving the posting of a private sex video. Doe sued after her then 18-year-old ex-boyfriend posted a video online after being expressly asked not to do so. It was online for three weeks before she was able to get it taken down. Stinson set the damages at $100,000, plus pre-judgment interest of $5,500, according to the r... Read More

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Cavoukian ‘distressed’ at CSE metadata gaffes

(Feb 5, 2016) Ryerson University’s Privacy and Big Data Institute Executive Director Ann Cavoukian took the Canadian government to task for failing to properly protect Canadian metadata after the Communications Security Establishment’s breach, IT World Canada reports. “This is not some unimportant information that was released,” she said. “I was distressed that additional measures weren’t taken to ensure that before information was shared with our external partners there was no information on Canadians, metad... Read More

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Omand: Post CSE debacle, Canada needs to embrace ‘norms’ for privacy/security balance

(Feb 5, 2016) In the wake of the Communications Security Establishment’s metadata breach, the CIGI-Chatham House Global Commission on Internet Governance’s Sir David Omand is the newest voice lending itself to the “balance of privacy and security” argument in an op-ed for The Globe and Mail. “The year 2016 must be one of reconciliation in which democracies work out a social compact to allow their authorities lawfully to obtain the digital intelligence needed to keep us safe and secure, but under strong safegu... Read More

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FIPPA breached in British Columbia, environmental group maintains

(Feb 5, 2016) The Environmental Law Centre asked British Columbia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham to “investigate and report on the apparent breach” of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act by the B.C. government, The Globe and Mail reports. In the formal complaint filed by the ELC, the government failed to disclose “vital health information about a tainted drinking-water aquifer,” the report states. While a government spokesman contended that they had indeed provide... Read More

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Revised edition of Biometric Privacy Guidelines now available

(Feb 4, 2016) The Biometrics Institute has completed revisions on its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines, Biometric Update reports. The guide is a document comprising 16 principles that assist users “across many different countries and jurisdictions,” considering that “biometrics and information technologies do connect beyond national boundaries and across different fields as diverse as health records, border controls, retail, consumer based applications in the telecommunications industry, finance and banking and ... Read More

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How sturdy is the Privacy Shield?

(Feb 3, 2016) The EU Commission and the U.S. have agreed on a new framework for trans-Atlantic data flows, lighting up Twitter and prompting every law firm that’s ever looked at a data protection case to send out a client alert. Opponents of Safe Harbor say the agreement, vague as the details remain, doesn’t do enough to address the concerns that took down Safe Harbor in the first place, while others say the deal is promising in its provisions on increased enforcement and judicial redress for EU citizens. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, politicians, industry and privacy pros react. “This is not the improvement which would be needed to bring this framework in line with EU law,” said Green MEP Jan Phillip Albrecht. Read More

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WP29 responds to Privacy Shield; BCRs okay, for now

(Feb 3, 2016) Though the future of trans-Atlantic data transfers continues to hang in the balance, one more clue was put in place Wednesday afternoon in Brussels with official word from the EU’s collection of data protection authorities on their assessment of the newly proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield arrangement. The head of the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin said during a news conference that the group “welcomed” the agreement but expressed the need for documentation to assess its legality. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Commerce released a Fact Sheet Wednesday on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, reports on these latest developments, in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More

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Service creates ad-blocker workaround

(Feb 2, 2016) Softpedia reports on a new service aimed at "helping online publishers counteract users that employ ad-blocking browser extensions when accessing their sites.” BlockBypass was developed by BlockIQ and responds to the proliferation and usage of ad-blocking extensions, which, according to one study, went up 41 percent in 2015 compared to the year prior. The trend led to a loss of $21.8 billion in ad revenue. The BlockBypass technology “would allow publishers to hide the location of the ad server from where the ad is being downloaded,” and will sit between the user and the ad server. Read More

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Symphony’s app trades credits for creeping

(Feb 2, 2016) Users can trade app-gleaned audio clips that create a user “fingerprint” for Perks.com points through new app Symphony, a privacy trade-off that’s becoming more and more popular, Fusion reports. In a manner akin to music app Shazam or even Facebook, the app collects everything from texts, emails, user TV watching habits and GPS information. “At any point during that process, if they get skittish, they just leave,” said Symphony CEO Charlie Buchwalter, adding that even with the exit door wide open, “more than 60 percent of Symphony’s panelists have let the software run on their phone for longer than six months,” the report states. Read More

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