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(Feb 21, 2017) The South African Information Regulator had its first briefing on the country's Protection of Personal Information Act; Australian companies have a year to come into compliance with the country’s new breach notification law; Japan’s Act on Protection of Personal Information comes into force at the end of May; and the EU ePrivacy Regulation proposal continues to be debated and analyzed. In the U.S., lawmakers have introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, designed to create rules for when agencies can track and access a citizen's geolocation data, and privacy advocates are concerned about potential rollback of Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. Read about all this and more in this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

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Article 29 Working Party still concerned with Windows 10 privacy settings

(Feb 21, 2017) Reuters reports the Article 29 Working Party is still expressing concerns about the privacy settings within Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. The Working Party’s questions come a year after the group wrote to Microsoft voicing concerns with Windows 10’s default installation settings. "In light of the above, which are separate to the results of ongoing inquiries at a national level, even considering the proposed changes to Windows 10, the Working Party remains concerned about the level of ... Read More

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Man sues Uber after wife discovered his affair via app notifications

(Feb 21, 2017) A French businessman is suing Uber after his wife received notifications of his trips to his mistress, The Verge reports. The man logged into his Uber account on his wife’s phone one time, and despite logging out of the app, his wife continued to get notifications. The man’s wife discovered his affair, and filed for divorce, according to BBC News. The businessman is suing Uber for 45 million euros. Uber France did not comment on the situation, stating, it “does not publicly comment on individual cases, and especially on cases that involve a divorcing couple.” Read More

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Smart devices pose vexing challenges for homebuyers, realtors

(Feb 21, 2017) As smart devices find their way into more houses, homebuyers and realtors are finding the devices may be compromised if the previous owner is still connected to the technology, USA Today reports. Managing Director of the National Association of Realtors Chad Curry said anything from thermostats, garage door openers, to keyless locks could be at risk if the devices are not reset when a new buyer moves into a home. Curry worked with the Online Trust Alliance to create a Smart Home Checklist to hel... Read More

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Smart mirror developers look to streamline fitting room experience

(Feb 21, 2017) Startup Oak Labs' retail smart mirror hopes to cash in on research that has found consumers who use fitting rooms are nearly seven times more likely to buy something, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The dressing room mirror's abilities include allowing shoppers to see congruent items, signaling assistance needs to employees and ordering products not in stock. The mirror aims not to replace retail workers but to make their jobs easier, said Oak Labs CEO Healey Cypher. Currently, stores like Rebec... Read More

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FTC now weighing in on smart doll concerns

(Feb 21, 2017) After Germany's Federal Network Agency advocated that parents destroy the My Friend Cayla doll after fears its smart technology was a privacy concern, U.S. consumer groups have filed a complaint against the doll with the Federal Trade Commission, The Christian Science Monitor reports. "Watchdog groups point out that audio files get sent to a database maintained by Genesis Toys’ technology partner, Nuance Communications, which also develops voice-recognition programs for law enforcement and the m... Read More

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Cybersecurity a major talking point for DNC chair candidates

(Feb 21, 2017) Those running in midterm elections for the Democratic National Committee chairman position have made promises for tougher cybersecurity initiatives, POLITICO reports. "Few events shaped the 2016 presidential election like the cyberattacks that federal and private investigators have pinned on Russian intelligence agencies," the report states. "The thefts and subsequent leaks exposed the internal communications of the DNC, the Democrats’ House campaign group and other high-profile targets, knockin... Read More

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'Outside Your Bubble' module from BuzzFeed looks to 'de-silo' online content

(Feb 21, 2017) BuzzFeed News has announced a trial of its “Outside Your Bubble" feature, a tool that looks to give users a glimpse beyond their predominant social media circles, BuzzFeed reports. The tool will appear as a module below popular and widely shared stories, giving the reader other perspectives from popular sites around the web, like Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. "Our goal is to give readers a sense of these conversations around an article, and to add a kind of transparency that has been lost in the rise of social-media-driven filter bubbles," the report states. "We view it in part as a way to amplify the work of BuzzFeed News reporters, and to add for readers a sense of the context in which news lives now." Read More

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$5.5M HIPAA fine shows importance of audit

(Feb 17, 2017) Memorial Healthcare System, of Hollywood, Florida, has settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for $5.5 million following a HIPAA violation. It must also institute "a robust corrective action plan." While Memorial did have access control policies in place, a former employee of an affiliated physician's office was still able to access protected health information repeatedly, without detection, for a year, affecting 80,000 individuals. Acting HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Robinsue Frohboese said the settlement shows "organizations must implement audit controls and review audit logs regularly." Editor's Note: IAPP members can get tools, guidance and insight on HIPAA in the IAPP Resource Center. Read More

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Podcast: What went down at RSA?

(Feb 17, 2017) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP, discusses his experience at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, California, this week where he spoke on a panel titled, "Encryption and Back Doors: The Line Between Privacy and National Security." Evident both at RSA and via the IAPP's recently released Privacy Tech Vendor Report, Bracy says, a proliferation of vendors have risen to the challenge of helping companies with the complicated and arduous task of protecting data, and the privacy and security worlds are becoming increasingly intertwined.  Read More

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