Roundup: EU, India, Romania, South Korea, US and more

(Feb 24, 2020) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, IAPP Legal Research Fellow Cathy Cosgrove dissects a new federal U.S. privacy law proposal. Fomer IAPP Legal Extern Darya Balybina, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, brings clarity to data protection impact assessments under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. India's Parliament has opened a public consultation on its draft data protection bill. State lawmakers in Iowa, New Hampshire and Wyoming are exploring various forms of privacy legislation. ... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Feb. 21, 2020

(Feb 21, 2020) Federal government ministries and agencies were asked to provide statistics on data breaches to the House of Commons. They responded this week, and if you are to take their figures as accurate, 144,000 Canadians have been affected by a federal government data breach over the past two years. It’s not nothing, but ... really? This news, coupled with the statement from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner that they have found strong indications of systemic underreporting, suggests that there is ... Read More

Canadian commissioners to investigate Clearview AI as police struggle with facial recognition

(Feb 21, 2020) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has launched a joint investigation with the commissioners in British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta into Clearview AI. This announcement comes after CBC News reports the Toronto and Waterloo police agencies have admitted to using the facial-recognition technology. A Toronto Police Service spokesperson said officers have been “informally testing” facial recognition since Oct. 2019, but Police Chief Mark Saunders has ordered them to stop until a “fuls... Read More

Canadian police agencies grapple with facial recognition use

(Feb 21, 2020) Police agencies in Canada are grappling with the use of facial-recognition technology, a tool that law enforcement officials say could aid in identifying criminals but that privacy advocates argue raises concerns. Two Canadian police services have said they used the controversial technology, one calling for a review by Ontario's privacy commissioner, while a third expressed plans to move forward with implementation.  The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is now prepared to step in an... Read More

144K Canadians' personal data breached by federal departments, agencies

(Feb 21, 2020) According to figures before the House of Commons, the personal data of 144,000 Canadians was breached by federal departments or agencies over the past two years, CBC News reports. Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Spokesperson Vito Pilieci said there are concerns “about strong indications of systemic under-reporting.” The Canada Revenue Agency, Health Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, and Department of National Defence are among the departments reportin... Read More

IAPP launches Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture Series

(Feb 20, 2020) As described by his friends and colleagues, Ian Kerr had an immeasurable impact on the privacy community. The former Canada research chair in ethics, law and technology at the University of Ottawa, who died in August at age 54, provided a leading voice and countless contributions to the areas of law and technology, as well as the interplay between the two. [caption id="attachment_338912" align="alignright" width="256"] Ian Kerr[/caption] Kerr’s work and innovative thinking have indeed left an ... Read More

Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture Series to debut at CPS20

(Feb 20, 2020) The IAPP is launching the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture Series, which will be an annual fixture at the Canada Privacy Symposium, in honor of the late law and technology scholar. Kerr, who died in August 2019 at age 54, was the Canada research chair in ethics, law and technology for the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and a significant contributor to the privacy community. Michael Geist will give the inaugural lecture in the series at this year's CPS in Toronto May 21-22. IAPP Staff Writer Joe Du... Read More

Roundup: Canada, EU, Germany, Ireland, US and more

(Feb 18, 2020) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, a legal contingent from law firm DLA Piper breaks down the newest version of the California Consumer Privacy Act draft regulations. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., proposed the creation of a federal privacy agency, while fellow Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposed a temporary halt on government-used facial-recognition technology. The Hamburg Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information handed d... Read More

Global News Roundup — Feb. 10–18, 2020

(Feb 18, 2020) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, a legal contingent from law firm DLA Piper breaks down the newest version of the California Consumer Privacy Act draft regulations. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., proposed the creation of a federal privacy agency, while fellow Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposed a temporary halt on government-used facial-recognition technology. The Hamburg Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information handed d... Read More