Roundup: Czech Republic, Ghana, Lithuania, Spain, US and more

(Apr 15, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, learn about the European Commission’s study on data protection certification mechanisms under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová explains why the U.S. government needs to adopt stronger privacy laws, Hong Kong may be preparing to alert its position on the enforcement of data breaches, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced it plans to ... Read More

Global News Roundup — April 8–15, 2019

(Apr 15, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, learn about the European Commission’s study on data protection certification mechanisms under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová explains why the U.S. government needs to adopt stronger privacy laws, Hong Kong may be preparing to alert its position on the enforcement of data breaches, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced it plans to ... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, April 12, 2019

(Apr 12, 2019) This week, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner released the long-awaited report on the Equifax data breach. We summarize the story below. A number of issues arose in the course of the investigation, and the net result is a pretty scathing account that requires Equifax to prove, over the course of the next six years, that they are doing privacy better. The OPC is taking the opportunity to also revisit its position on trans-border data flows. So, at the same time as the report on the Equifax b... Read More

Debate on whether GSA membership for teens should be private rises in Alberta

(Apr 12, 2019) CBC Kids News reports on the debate as to whether students who join gay-straight alliances in Alberta schools can keep their membership private. United Conservative Party of Alberta Leader Jason Kenney wants to change current rules that do not require Alberta students to disclose their GSA membership to their parents should his party win the provincial election April 16. Kenney supports GSAs in schools; however, he believes parents could help their children in situations where they are bullied o... Read More

OPC puts Equifax on six-year probation period for 2017 breach

(Apr 12, 2019) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has found that as many as 19,000 Canadians were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach and has placed the consumer credit reporting agency on six-year probation, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The OPC's investigation revealed Canadians' personal information through products customers obtained from Equifax Canada, such as credit monitoring or fraud alerts. Customers' data would end up being processed in the U.S., where the personal information was v... Read More

Privacy commissioners see rise in reported data breaches

(Apr 12, 2019) Canadian Underwriter reports on the increase in data breach reporting around the country. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has seen four to five times the number of reported incidents since the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act was amended last November, requiring organizations to disclose breaches should they pose “real risk of significant harm.” At the NetDiligence Cyber Risk Summit in Toronto, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta Jill Clay... Read More

Canadian government 'actively considering' regulation against social media companies

(Apr 12, 2019) The Canadian government is “actively considering” regulations against social media companies, BuzzFeed News and the Toronto Star report. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould said “all options are on the table” for the government to apply domestic rules to the international organizations. Gould added the Canadian government has spoken with representatives from other countries and professionals within its own borders to determine the actions it should take. “We recognize that self-regulat... Read More

OPC launches consultation on revised trans-border data flow policy position

(Apr 11, 2019) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced it plans to revise its policy position on trans-border data flows under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. "This includes not only cross border data transfers between controllers and processors, but also other cross border disclosures of personal information between organizations," the OPC states. As part of this process, the OPC will accept feedback on the updated policy position and for specific topics to... Read More

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