GPEN unimpressed with state of connected devices

(Sep 23, 2016) The Global Privacy Enforcement Network, a group of data protection authorities from around the globe, has released the results of its latest annual privacy sweep, this time examining connected devices. The findings? “The privacy communications of internet-connected devices are generally poor and fail to inform users about exactly what personal information is being collected and how it will be used,” reads a press release. Twenty-five privacy enforcers took part in the sweep, which took place in ... Read More

Guide to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

(Sep 23, 2016) This overview Privacy Shield from the European Commission offers individuals information on Privacy Shield companies’ obligations with respect to the use of their personal data, making complaints against a Privacy Shield company and making complaints against a U.S. public authority.Read Now (PDF 304K)... Read More

GPEN unimpressed with state of connected devices

(Sep 23, 2016) The Global Privacy Enforcement Network, a group of data protection authorities from around the globe, has released the results of its latest annual privacy sweep, this time examining connected devices. The findings? “The privacy communications of internet-connected devices are generally poor and fail to inform users about exactly what personal information is being collected and how it will be used,” reads a press release. Twenty-five privacy enforcers took part in the sweep, which took place in ... Read More

Firman acuerdo de colaboración el INAI y la Profeco

(Sep 22, 2016) El Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales (INAI, por sus siglas) firmó un acuerdo de colaboración con la Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor (Profeco) el pasado mes de agosto del año en curso. Con este acuerdo, las autoridades planean prevenir el robo de identidad y garantizar los derechos de los consumidores o titulares de datos, para lo cual ambas autoridades revisarán los contratos de adhesión que presenten los proveedores o empresas. Ade... Read More

Se discute la legalidad de compartir datos entre organismos del mismo estado

(Sep 22, 2016) En Argentina el gobierno decidió transferir datos personales entre dos agencias del Estado. Un par de diputados opositores iniciaron acciones de amparo contra tal decisión, las cuales se encuentran en trámite. Pero al mismo tiempo otra persona realizó una denuncia penal. El Fiscal que actuaba en el caso dijo que no era delito. Otro fiscal en cambio apeló la decisión de archivo de la causa.Nota Completa... Read More

Mattel, Hasbro, Viacom, Jumpstart Games agree to pay $835,000 after attorney general investigation

(Sep 14, 2016) New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro and JumpStart Games will pay a combined $835,000 in penalties after the findings of his office’s “Operation Child Tracker” investigation indicated the companies violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the attorney general’s office reports in a press release. The investigation discovered that sites in the companies’ domains, like Barbie, My Little Pony, Neopets and Nickelodeon, were illegally trac... Read More

State attorneys general write to FCC: Ditch ISP regulation plan

(Sep 13, 2016) In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, attorneys general in 16 states said regulating broadband providers but exempting big tech companies would threaten consumer privacy, Washington Examiner reports. "Consumers value their privacy and the security of their personal information, period. They do not differentiate between who has access to their information in the online environment," the attorneys general wrote. The letter is in response to the FCC’s potential plan to reg... Read More

Q&A with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

(Sep 12, 2016) Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts has held her office since January 2015, and her state has established itself as being on the cutting edge of data privacy regulations that call for robust written information-security program and computer-system requirements. The attorney general’s office continues to be on the forefront of enforcement since its security breach notification law was passed in 2007. In this exclusive Q&A for The Privacy Advisor, Healey talks to Divonne Smoyer, CIP... Read More

Global News Roundup — August 29 - September 6, 2016

(Sep 6, 2016) Certain provisions of Turkey’s new data protection law go into place in October. New South Wales will not allow court action against privacy violations but plans to propose a revenge porn bill. Hungary’s data protection authority has issued new guidance on conducting employee background checks. Canada has two new privacy torts. The leader of the U.K. Labour Party has released a digital democracy manifesto. And in the U.S., a California bill criminalizing the distribution of a recording or transc... Read More

The AT&T v. FTC ruling creates a regulatory blind spot

(Sep 2, 2016) Recently, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in a case involving AT&T’s “throttling” of data for customers promised “unlimited” data plans. What’s this got to do with privacy? Potentially, a great deal. In the ruling, the 9th Circuit determined that AT&T’s status as a common carrier means they can only be regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. And yet the FCC can regulate a company “only to the extent that it is engaged in p... Read More