The 'missing women' in data protection reporting

(Jun 13, 2019) Virtually everything we do these days is recorded digitally. Like this, share this, pay here — all these actions are stored as data, combined, analyzed and built into profiles whether we are aware of this or not. Some is data we supply, some is data collected about us, and some is data generated about us. In the midst of all this data, it can come as a surprise to learn there are gaps. A case in point is data on women, or rather, the absence of data about women. Caroline Criado-Perez in "Invisi... Read More

Kenya's new biometric ID card brings privacy concerns

(May 29, 2019) A new biometric identification card holding the personal information of all Kenyans above the age of 6 is stirring privacy issues among citizens, Al Jazeera reports. The Kenyan government said the Huduma Namba will consolidate personal information onto one digital platform, making it easier to access public services and protect national security. Privacy advocates claim that the card brings danger to citizens with a lack of proper data protection rules and safeguards in place. The glaring data p... Read More

Morocco, Tunisia sign on to Council of Europe's 'Convention 108' treaties

(May 28, 2019) The Council of Europe has announced that Morocco and Tunisia are the latest member states to join separate international treaties that provide individuals the right to have their personal data protected. Morocco is the 55th nation to join "Convention 108," more formally known as the Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. Tunisia is the 30th member state for "Convention 108+," which allows protection related to the basic processing of pe... Read More

Global News Roundup — May 20–28, 2019

(May 28, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the U.S. Congress continued hearings on topics related to privacy. Canada revealed its first steps to reforming national privacy and competition laws. Lithuania and Sweden each handed out EU General Data Protection Regulations fines, while Colombia doled out punishment for violations of its data protection laws. Singapore is giving its data breach notification guidelines an update in anticipation of its new data protection legislation. A... Read More

Index: Data transparency an issue for some telecos

(May 20, 2019) According to the 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index, several telecommunications companies around the world are still struggling to provide users with information about how their data is collected, who it’s shared with and why, Quartz Africa reports. One of the 24 companies evaluated in the report, South Africa–headquartered MTN Group has 22 markets in Africa and the Middle East, with more than 220 million subscribers. According to the index, MTN provides little informatio... Read More

Roundup: India, Italy, Nigeria, Singapore, US and more

(May 13, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about the latest hearing at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce during which lawmakers asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission what the agency needs to protect consumer privacy and how a federal privacy bill can help. Chinese lawmakers have introduced a new data privacy law. The Norwegian Supervisory Authority levied a fine for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The Center for Democracy & Technology'... Read More

Global News Roundup — April 29–May 7, 2019

(May 7, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, China prepares to introduce data privacy laws, while Kenya works to pass data protection legislation of its own. The California Legislature is crafting a bill that will limit the personal data consumption and storage by smart-home speakers. Ireland's Supreme Court announces a decision date in Facebook's data transfer appeal. The IAPP editorial staff also provides original reporting from the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2019. LATEST NEWS ... Read More

Roundup: China, Denmark, France, Kenya, US and more

(May 7, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, China prepares to introduce data privacy laws, while Kenya works to pass data protection legislation of its own. The California Legislature is crafting a bill that will limit the personal data consumption and storage by smart-home speakers. Ireland's Supreme Court announces a decision date in Facebook's data transfer appeal. The IAPP editorial staff also provides original reporting from the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2019. (IAPP member l... Read More

Ghana to host data protection and privacy conference

(Apr 24, 2019) The inaugural African Region Data Protection and Privacy International Conference will take place from June 24 to 28 in Accra, Ghana. Described as a “conference in Africa, by African authorities, focused on Africa,” the event will bring together more than 1,000 delegates to discuss and promote the development of data protection and privacy laws across the continent. Formed in response to concerns raised at the December 2018 African Union meeting, the conference aims to move the continent forward... Read More

ID4Africa launching a data protection roundtable

(Apr 16, 2019) The first major meeting of African data protection authorities will take place at the ID4Africa conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 18, Biometric Update reports. The Round Table of African Data Protection Authorities will discuss awareness, capacity and enforcement of data protection while addressing the role of large multinational corporations, limitations on national security and law enforcement use, and legitimate processing and consent. “Our objective is essentially to allow the a... Read More