Roundup: Australia, Chinese Taipei, Italy, EU, US and more

(Dec 17, 2018) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about the latest to voice support for a U.S. federal privacy law, including Google’s Sundar Pichai and U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chair Joseph Simons. The European Data Protection Board released its opinion on the European Commission’s draft implementing a decision on Japan’s adequacy standing. Australia and Chinese Taipei became the latest to join Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules System. While the I... Read More

Global News Roundup — Dec. 10–17, 2018

(Dec 17, 2018) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about the latest to voice support for a U.S. federal privacy law, including Google's Sundar Pichai and U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chair Joseph Simons. The European Data Protection Board released its opinion on the European Commission’s draft implementing a decision on Japan’s adequacy standing. Australia and Chinese Taipei became the latest to join Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's Cross-Border Privacy Rules System. While the I... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Dec. 14, 2018

(Dec 14, 2018) This week is quite special for me. I've traveled to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, to visit my friends who work at the IAPP headquarters. The reason for the trip is to catch up with people face to face (over and above our regular video conferencing) and to celebrate the fact that I have been working with the IAPP for 10 years now.  Those 10 years have really flown by. In that time, we have increased our membership to more than 2,300 people in Canada. We have certified about 800 of them, and we... Read More

Molloy: Sharing videos of alleged shoplifters violates PIPEDA

(Dec 14, 2018) Newfoundland & Labrador Privacy Commissioner Donovan Molloy tells businesses to no longer share footage of alleged shoplifters, CBC News reports. Molloy said the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act prohibits entities from sharing any videos or images without the consent of the person appearing in the footage. The commissioner advises businesses to let law enforcement handle investigations on their own. "It's intended to embarrass, in many cases. You're dealing someti... Read More

Waterfront Toronto opponents call for more transparency into decision making

(Dec 14, 2018) A public meeting was held on the Waterfront Toronto smart-city project, The Canadian Press reports. Tech Reset Canada Co-Founder Bianca Wylie was one of the opponents of the project who called for more transparency into the decision-making process as privacy concerns continue to surround the plan. Wylie’s plea comes as Waterfront Toronto works on an updated draft of the project titled the “Master Innovation and Development Plan.” Waterfront Toronto plans to submit the draft to be reviewed by the... Read More

Supreme Court rules citizens have right to privacy over shared devices

(Dec 14, 2018) The Supreme Court of Canada ruled citizens have the right to privacy over the materials stored on a machine they share with other individuals, The Canadian Press reports. The decision stemmed from a case where the common-law spouse of Thomas Reeves consented to a police seizure of a computer they both owned after she discovered child pornography on the device. The court determined the warrantless seizure of the computer violated Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “We are not requir... Read More

Senate committee calls for privacy law updates in response to Statistics Canada plan

(Dec 14, 2018) The Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce urges the federal government to update privacy legislation in response to Statistics Canada’s plan to obtain the financial information of 500,000 citizens, Global News reports. The committee’s report states the Canadian government should modernize the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act in order to bring Canada’s law closer to global legislation, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation. “Ca... Read More

'Gap' in Manitoba privacy law leads to tow truck confusion

(Dec 14, 2018) Canadian Underwriter reports on a case where Manitoba’s privacy law impacted the owner of a towed vehicle. A woman had her car towed in Winnipeg due to a parking violation. Tartan Towing stored the woman’s vehicle, but due to the Manitoba Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the company was legally not allowed to discover the operator’s identity. The woman’s vehicle was eventually auctioned off. The Manitoba Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling where the woman was force... Read More

Web con: 'Canada's Data Breach Notification Law Update'

(Dec 12, 2018) On Nov. 1, Canada's new data breach notification requirements under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act went into effect. Organizations are required to notify the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, affected individuals and other organizations whenever personal information is compromised and whether data subjects are at risk. Listen to this web conference as nNovation Partner Shaun Brown gives an overview of the new breach notification requirements,... Read More

Roundup: Australia, Czech Republic, Uganda, Senegal and more

(Dec 10, 2018) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about how Australia's Parliament passed a controversial bill mandating that technology companies assist the nation's law enforcement bypass encryption. In the Czech Republic, the lower house of Parliament introduced draft privacy legislation to bring the country in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In Uganda, Parliament announced it passed the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015. And in Senegal, the digital eco... Read More