Obama White House releases report on privacy and innovation

(Jan 20, 2017) Earlier this week, former President Barack Obama released a report summing up his administration's work on privacy, surveillance and innovation. "Trust is a bedrock of our society, our economy, and our Nation," Obama wrote, "and respect for our privacy is one of the cornerstones of that public trust. Yet in a world where a private opinion expressed online can ricochet among millions in an instant, privacy has never been more at risk. Nor has there been a time in history in which the global flow ... Read More

Court rules PlayStation Network user data not protected by Fourth Amendment

(Jan 20, 2017) A district court ruled PlayStation Network users are not protected under the Fourth Amendment from warrantless searches conducted by Sony, International Business Times reports. The case involved PSN user Michael Stratton, who was reported to Sony several times for attempting to solicit child pornography through spam messages. Sony reviewed the account and notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which then coordinated with the FBI. A judge provided law enforcement with a ... Read More

Russian data protection authority publishes inspection plans for 2017

(Jan 20, 2017) Roskomnadzor, the Russian data protection authority, has released its 2017 inspection plans for local companies to measure their compliance with the country's data privacy requirements, Hogan Lovells' Chronicle of Data Protection reports. "As an example of how an inspection proceeds, Roskomnadzor conducted a planned inspection of Microsoft’s Russian affiliate in the spring of 2016, issuing an inspection report requiring that Microsoft eliminate violations revealed by the inspection by October 20... Read More

Twitter, CTV named in revenge porn suit

(Jan 20, 2017) Former Mount Saint Vincent University professor Michael Kydd has filed a statement of claim in Nova Scotia's Supreme Court, seeking $1 million from Twitter, Bell Media (owner of CTV), the woman with whom he says he had an affair, and his former employer for defamation, breach of privacy, breach of copyright, and negligence, according to the Ottawa Citizen. He is, in part, leveraging the new privacy tort established in a case last year, and is represented by Donna Wilson, who won the case establi... Read More

Yukon government will not create centralized database

(Jan 20, 2017) Following concerns raised in Canada by Yukon Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay, the Yukon government has said there will be no centralized database containing the personal information of the territory’s citizens, CBC News reports. "Absolutely, without reservation that is not under consideration, in any way, shape or form, that that would be the case. There will be no massive, centralised database in the Yukon government," said the Yukon government’s Director of Corporate In... Read More

Manitoba scraps plan to combine health cards with driver's licenses

(Jan 20, 2017) The Canadian Press reports Manitoba will not be going forward with a plan to combine health cards with driver's licenses. Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said concerns about additional costs, the work needed to change legislation, and the impact on storing health information were the primary reasons for why the idea will not proceed. Goertzen said if Manitoba wants to revive the idea of a single personal information card, it will need to be done correctly from the start. "We also have to determi... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Meg Leta Jones

(Jan 20, 2017) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Meg Leta Jones discusses her new book, "Cntrl + Z: The Right To Be Forgotten," and why she wrote it. She'll also talk about whether the U.S. should follow the EU’s lead in implementing the right to be forgotten, and whether that’s even possible, as well as her latest research on automation, which includes, among other questions, whether we should replace umpires with robots in baseball. Sure it would take away some human error, but would it also ta... Read More

Op-ed: Promised changes to Bill C-51 have yet to arrive

(Jan 20, 2017) In an op-ed for rabble.ca, Dennis Gruending writes about the lack of changes to Bill C-51. Gruending points out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party vowed to repeal the bill's "problematic elements," but those alterations have not yet come to fruition. "Fifteen months after the election, Bill C-51 remains in place, and one assumes that spy and law enforcement agencies are making use of their enhanced powers," writes Gruending, adding, "Granted, Trudeau has appointed veteran MP Ral... Read More

Review of Queensland privacy law requires input

(Jan 19, 2017) The Queensland government is requesting submissions for its privacy and right to information laws, Lexology reports. "The review aims to determine whether the primary purposes of the Information Privacy Act 2009 and the Right to Information Act 2009 remain valid and whether the Acts achieve those purposes," the report states. "The review also aims to capitalise on developments around the world with respect to privacy protection and information management." The review addresses questions like, "s... Read More

ICO fines IT Protect 40,000 GBP for unsolicited phone calls

(Jan 19, 2017) The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office fined Bognor Regis firm IT Protect Ltd 40,000 GBP for making unsolicited phone calls to people registered to the Telephone Preference Service. Within the penalty notice, the ICO states it received 35 complaints about unsolicited calls through the agency's online reporting tool between 6 April 2015 and 16 May 2016, with TPS receiving 122 complaints during the same time period. The TPS sent the complaints to both IT Protect and the ICO, but IT Protect fai... Read More