Roundup: Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, US and more

(May 20, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, learn about a California State Senate committee's rejection of California State Senate Bill 561, which would have amended the California Consumer Privacy Act. A fine issued by Denmark's data protection authority may offer insights into enforcement of Article 5 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has received a report from the Justice Select Committee regarding the country's Privacy ... Read More

Global News Roundup — May 13–20, 2019

(May 20, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, learn about a California State Senate committee's rejection of California State Senate Bill 561, which would have amended the California Consumer Privacy Act. A fine issued by Denmark's data protection authority may offer insights into enforcement of Article 5 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has received a report from the Justice Select Committee regarding the country's Privacy ... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, May 17, 2019

(May 17, 2019) The federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner announced this week that it was extending the deadline for submissions on their consultation about trans-border data flows and what is required when an organization transfers personal information for processing. The new deadline is June 28. As I’ve mentioned on LinkedIn, this is an important consultation with potentially far-reaching consequences. The previous interpretation concluded that when you transferred personal information for processing p... Read More

How will Sidewalk Toronto deal with children's data?

(May 17, 2019) The Conversation reports on the privacy concerns with the Sidewalk Toronto smart-city project, particularly around the collection of minors’ data. As it is one of the first notable smart-city projects in development, Sidewalk Toronto may set a precedent for how children’s privacy is considered for future endeavors. While there are legal protections for children in Canada, there has been no reference to data belonging to minors in any public document related to the project, as well as how it will... Read More

San Francisco's facial-recognition ban praised by Canadian privacy advocates

(May 17, 2019) Canadian privacy advocates praised San Francisco’s decision to ban the use of facial-recognition software by law enforcement, IT World Canada reports. Canadian Civil Liberties Association Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Project Director Brenda McPhail said she hopes more cities, including ones within the country, follow San Francisco’s lead. “This is the first time that I’m aware of that a major city in the world banned facial recognition technology,” Ryerson University Privacy by Design Ce... Read More

Court rules screenshots are form of voyeurism, violate privacy

(May 17, 2019) The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the voyeurism conviction of a man who took still images of Skype encounters he had with his long-distance girlfriend. The court found that while the woman consented to the Skype encounters, the intimate screenshots were taken without her knowledge. “This example provides a short and direct path to the conclusion that the complainant had a reasonable expectation the appellant would not take screenshots of their consensual sexual activity,” Justice Russell Jurian... Read More

MPs voice concerns about tech companies' compliance with country laws

(May 17, 2019) A Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee hearing highlighted a continued concern lawmakers have had with tech companies, the Calgary Herald reports. Members of Parliament criticized Google for its decision not to run policy ads for the upcoming federal election. Representatives from the tech company said it could not comply with a new law that required any promotion to be held on an online ad registry. Toronto Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith said Google’s si... Read More