Roundup: Canada, Cayman Islands, Morocco, UK, US and more

(Sep 16, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, and Former President, Californians for Consumer Privacy and MSR Strategies Principal Mary Stone Ross took a dive into what's ahead after the final California Consumer Privacy Act amendments were agreed upon last week. DLA Piper's Jim Halpert and Andrew Kingman and Pithy Privacy Founder Jacob Rubinstein offered further perspective into the CCPA. Morocco has suspended any use of facial-recognition tec... Read More

Global News Roundup — Sept. 9-16, 2019

(Sep 16, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, Angelique Carson and Mary Stone Ross took a dive into what's ahead after the final California Consumer Privacy Act amendments were agreed upon last week. Jim Halpert and Jacob Rubinstein both offered further perspective into the CCPA. Morocco has suspended any use of facial-recognition technology. Latvia handed out an EU General Data Protection Regulation fine. New data protection legislation is about to take effect in the Cayman Islands... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Sept. 13, 2019

(Sep 13, 2019) If you own a car, you need to be able to prove that you have insurance. In Ontario, this is done by carrying around a little pink slip. It’s annoying and takes up valuable real estate in my small wallet. This week, the government announced that it is eventually going to phase out the paper-based program and allow people to carry an electronic version of the pink slip. It sounds like this is already in effect in other provinces. The privacy angle is that you need to hand over your phone to a poli... Read More

Study: Patients, medical pros differ on recording visits

(Sep 13, 2019) A study conducted by the University of Saskatchewan finds patients and clinicians differ on recording medical visits, CTV News Edmonton reports. The study revealed more than 61% of patients believe they should be allowed to document their treatment; however, only 28% of medical professionals agree. Alberta Health Services has responded to this trend by banning patients from taking photos in its facilities. “We’re definitely seeing an increase in it,” University of Alberta Chair of Emergency Medi... Read More

Major cities call for national data strategy

(Sep 13, 2019) The Canadian Global Cities Council has released “policy playbooks” in which it recommends the creation of a national data strategy, Global News reports. The council is made up of the chambers of commerce from eight Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg. In its “Trade & Innovation Policy Playbook,” the council recommends a data governance framework to be established in order to bring the Digital Charter’s principles “into meaningful data portability, pr... Read More

British Columbia privacy commissioner looking into cameras found in digital ads

(Sep 13, 2019) The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia has started to look into small cameras found within digital advertisements at bus stops in Vancouver, CBC News reports. Outfront, the company that set up the digital ads, said the cameras are not operational and that it will begin to cover them throughout the city. British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy said citizens have the right to control what data is collected and how it is used. He add... Read More

Advocates concerned over Ontario drivers having insurance data on phones

(Sep 13, 2019) After Ontario announced citizens can carry auto insurance information on their phones, privacy advocates said drivers should be careful when handing over their devices to police officers, CBC News reports. "Handing your unlocked phone to a police officer raises a number of issues," Former Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said. "Your phone is not just a phone these days. It contains a massive amount of personal information that you may not want to share with others." Can... Read More

Report: Data and privacy concerns found with Sidewalk Labs project

(Sep 11, 2019) Members of Waterfront Toronto’s Digital Strategy Advisory Panel have raised privacy and data concerns with the Sidewalk Labs development plan for Toronto’s waterfront, the Financial Post reports. Citing concerns the plan lacks specific detail regarding technology and what information has been provided, “ambitions are either misguided, or cause for privacy concerns,” according to the report. The report also raises concerns that the proposed “new regulatory body [that] would oversee all data colle... Read More

Cloud Privacy Labs

(Sep 6, 2019) Cloud Privacy Labs offers solutions for privacy governed data flow, both in the cloud or on-premise. ConsentGrid™ SaaS platform creates an automated privacy hub where organizations can map and control data flows using context-aware policies, regulations and user consent/preferences. It assigns privacy attributes to data, filters or masks data in-flight as it moves between systems and keeps an audit trail to increase transparency. ConsentGrid can implement a vast variety of granular consent and p... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Sept. 6, 2019

(Sep 6, 2019) The media are reporting this week that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner received 446 breach reports since Nov. 1 of last year. Does that number surprise you?  Those 446 breaches are for Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act–related breaches only. That number doesn’t even take into account those breaches reported provincially or those that are happening in the public sector. I think it’s a lot, but I’m also quite certain there are still many organizations that either... Read More