Roundup: Kenya, South Africa, Canada, US and more

(Sep 24, 2018) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about Italy's new law implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In Kenya, officials note a data protection bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament, and, in South Africa, the constitutional court relied on the right to privacy in a case involving the decriminalization of marijuana for private use. Canada's privacy commissioner published guidelines for mandatory data breach reporting under the country's Personal Informa... Read More

Computer programmer sentenced for creating program to advance hackers

(Sep 24, 2018) Ruslan Bondars, a Latvian computer programmer, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for designing a program to help hackers improve malware and circumnavigate antivirus programs, The Washington Post reports. The program, Scan4You, helped hackers get past antivirus programs. While Bondars argued there are legal uses for the program, prosecutors countered it is common and legal to hold software developers liable for creating products that can be used to support nefarious activity. During the trial,... Read More

Global News Roundup — September 17–24, 2018

(Sep 24, 2018) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about Italy's new law implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In Kenya, officials note a data protection bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament, and, in South Africa, the constitutional court relied on the right to privacy in a case involving the decriminalization of marijuana for private use. Canada's privacy commissioner published guidelines for mandatory data breach reporting under the country's Personal Informa... Read More

How the fundamental right to privacy helped legalize same-sex relationships in India

(Sep 21, 2018) For more than 150 years, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code has been in place making same-sex relationships illegal and punishable by life in prison. However, just this month, the Supreme Court of India, in its Navtej Singh Johar vs. Union of India judgment, declared certain parts of Section 377 unconstitutional, thereby legalizing consensual same-sex relationships. Pranav Rai, CIPP/A, writes Section 377 was found to violate LGBT individuals' "right to privacy, dignity, equality, liberty and f... Read More

Asia Privacy Forum videos now available

(Sep 21, 2018) This year's Asia Privacy Forum was the IAPP's biggest ever, with attendees flying in from all over the globe to Singapore for the latest developments in Asian privacy law and operations. Wish you had been there? For those who missed out, the IAPP has released a selection of recorded breakout sessions, now available in the "On Demand Videos" section of the IAPP online store. Topics include focuses on blockchain's impact on privacy, how to comply with Japanese privacy law, GDPR compliance in Asia,... Read More

The fundamental right to privacy wins again: Consensual same-sex relationships no longer a crime in India

(Sep 21, 2018) Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." The Supreme Court of India, in its September, 2018 judgement — Navtej Singh Johar vs. Union of India, both cited and lived up to this quote when it declared certain parts of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unconstitutional as they were in violation of the constitutionally protected fundamental rights of the LGBT community in India. The fundamental rights that have been held to be violated by S. 377 are the... Read More

Notes from the iappANZ, 21 Sept. 2018

(Sep 20, 2018) Kia ora from Aotearoa New Zealand, It’s great to have the opportunity to highlight some of the interesting privacy matters happening in the Asia-Pacific region currently, but, before doing so, I would like to draw attention to the iappANZ Summit taking place in a few weeks’ time in Melbourne — 1 and 2 Nov. The agenda for the Summit is focusing on "Privacy: Handling the Seismic Shift." 2018 has seen unprecedented local and global attention on privacy, and we will explore the impact of this, along... Read More

Thailand's digital ID bill receives mixed reviews

(Sep 20, 2018) Thailand’s Digital Identification Bill, which was recently approved by the Cabinet and is expected to be passed by the National Legislative Assembly, has raised concerns for some cyber professionals, The Nation reports. The proposed law would establish a National Digital Identification company to build a technology platform to authenticate digital IDs. While some say it would establish regulations for online ID authentication, which could strengthen cybersecurity, others worry that the collectio... Read More

CBI seeks information regarding Facebook-Analytica incident

(Sep 20, 2018) After registering a preliminary investigation, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation wrote to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research to find out more information this week, Live Mint reports. A person familiar with the CBI matter said, “This is being done to probe if Cambridge Analytica had picked data from Global Science Research (GSR) Ltd, which relates to the personal data of Indians on Facebook. The probe will see if data was harvested and misused.” Full Story... Read More

China on path toward a 'digital dictatorship'?

(Sep 20, 2018) Providing an in-depth look into China’s “social credit” system, ABC News reports that if successful, it will result in “the world’s first digital dictatorship.” Following citizens as they navigate the pilot program, the report examines what influences a person’s social score and the associated risks and benefits it carries for a person's future. While Dandan Fan, who scored 773 out of 800, sees no ill effect of constant surveillance and social ranking, Investigative Reporter Liu Hu warns of the ... Read More