CPR for Monday, April 14, 2008

Letter to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Government of Canada Newsroom (press release) – Ottawa,ON,Canada
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, sent the following letter to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada,

TransAlta contravenes privacy legislation
Canada.com – Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
health service provider, Kelly, Luttmer and Associates Ltd., have been found to have contravened legislation meant to protect employees’ privacy.

Newspaper Association: Proposed Privacy Standards Infringe On Rights
Mediapost.com – New York,NY,USA
The agency issued the guidelines late last year, several weeks after holding a two-day town hall meeting about privacy and online advertising.

INTERNET LAW – Special Rights and Privacy under the Sweden
IBLS INTERNET LAW (subscription) – Irvine,CA,USA
This article provides a brief description of the subscribers’ rights under the Act and the privacy rules incorporated in this Act. Sweden Electronic

Listen in, Directors: privacy matters
ComputerWeekly.com – UK
Finally we see senior executives held to account for privacy breaches. Not so long before, senior civil servants would have been able to shrug off such an

EDITORIAL: Privacy concerns
Las Vegas Review – Journal – Las Vegas,NV,USA
Recent news that employees of the UCLA Medical Center were nosing through the files of high-profile patients have the privacy police particularly outraged.

Agent’s case might unveil privacy issues
Denver Post – Denver,CO,USA
By Felisa Cardona Last week’s acquittal of an immigration agent accused of improper use of a criminal database has raised concerns about privacy.

Nelson concerned about privacy in email snooping laws
The West Australian – Perth,Western Australia,Australia
“I think the intention the government has as reported has got some merit, but I think all of us would be concerned about the privacy implications of this,”

The Family Rights and Privacy Act: 7 Myths — and the Truth
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) – USA
role that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or Ferpa, the federal statute governing the privacy of student records, played in that tragedy.

Editorial Review: Online privacy settings should not be ignored
Daily Mississippian – Oxford,MS,USA
While messages sent between users preserve a degree of privacy, what’s posted in the open on Facebook are as freely accessible as what’s printed in The DM.

Behavioral Ad Targeting Mostly OK – If Privacy, Security
Marketing Vox News – USA
Most US adults are uncomfortable that some websites use information about one’s online activity to customize website content or ads – but, if site privacy

What a librarian can teach you about privacy
Computerworld – Framingham,MA,USA
By Mark Hall April 14, 2008 (Computerworld) Librarians will go a long way to defend the privacy of their patrons’ reading habits.

Microsoft: We’re serious about Internet safety and privacy
Ars Technica – Boston,MA,USA
The company has also created a forum for those interested in discussing security and privacy on the Internet in general. In a statement, Mundie said that

Stolen laptop compromises privacy of NIH study subjects
American Medical News (subscription) – USA
“Always taking the utmost care in protecting privacy and confidentiality measures is not a bad idea,” she said. While it is impossible to create a security

Hospital Zone: No Privacy
New York Times – United States
Gaining information from medical records is just one area where a patient’s privacy can be violated. Workers can be in the same room as doctors who are

FBI data transfers raise privacy concerns
China Post – Taipei,Taiwan
Recently, three Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, including Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., sent a letter to colleagues citing privacy

Are Online Privacy Changes PM Rudds First Blunder?
Smart House – Australia
By Branko Miletic | Monday | 14/04/2008 During John Howards reign, the Coalition government turned each and every Australian into a tax collector thanks to

Freedom of information must balance against an individual’s right
Scotsman – United Kingdom
By PAUL MINTO Scotland’s Freedom of Information Act has come a long way since it was introduced in 2005. According to the recent Scottish Information

US To Employ Overhead Spying Domestically
Slashdot – USA
Although I don’t have much of an expectation of privacy in public places, I do not have an expectation that I should be monitored in my every move and in

IT sector presses for data privacy and security law
Manila Times – Philippines
By Ike Suarez, Correspondent Significant segments of the Philippine IT sector have taken the first step to press Congress to enact a data privacy and

Medical privacy law is largely ignored
Contra Costa Times – Walnut Creek,CA,USA
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON — When a federal medical privacy law was passed by Congress more than a decade ago, it was hailed as a new level of

Microsoft Presents Thoughts On Online Privacy
eFluxMedia – USA
Also they want to show through example how certain privacy principles and practices are correctly put into place. “Online advertising should put consumers

REP. SALI: US GOVERNMENT SHOULD STOP OUTSOURCING PRIVACY, SECURITY
Manufacturing Business Technology – Oak Brook,IL,USA
Concerned that the privacy and security of Idahoans are at risk, Congressman Bill Sali this week introduced legislation to require that all key components

Microsoft wants online ad companies to protect user privacy
TechWhack (press release) – New Delhi,Delhi,India
They are calling for a five-tiered system of standards designed to protect the online privacy of web users. These companies track the surfing habits of the

Chancellor Block makes statement on breaches of patient privacy at
UC Los Angeles – Los Angeles,CA,USA
On Friday, April 11, the California Department of Public Health cited the UCLA Health System for breaches of patient privacy that have been the subject of

FCC: Verizon did not breach privacy laws
BusinessWeek – USA
By DIBYA SARKAR Federal regulators determined Friday that Verizon Communications Inc. did not violate consumer privacy laws when it tried to keep customers

Microsoft Proposes Tiered Privacy in Online Advertising
New York Times – United States
Microsoft has proposed a tiered approach to protecting the privacy of people targeted by online advertising, saying advertisers should get permission before

Internet users are more open to tracking when web sites adopt
InternetRetailer.com – Chicago,IL,USA
However, that hesitation lessens if a web site adopts and advertises privacy and security policies. 59% of the 2513 adults surveyed say they are

Microsoft not opposed to regulation of online privacy
CNET News.com – San Francisco,CA,USA
“Two years ago we were one of a handful of companies calling for a comprehensive federal privacy bill,” Frank Torres, director of consumer affairs for

Google: A Clear & Present Danger to Corporate Data Privacy
Search Engine Watch – USA
Crawling Web site forms, though, constitutes a sea change in terms of data privacy; specifically, the privacy of corporate data. “In the past few months we

Industry’s focus on medical privacy and HIPAA compliance limits
Compliance Home – West Des Moines,IA,USA
(Aprl 11, 2008)– The healthcare industry’s focus on medical privacy and compliance has fostered a lack of awareness around the frequency,

Privacy, security concerns? When colleges require your cellphone
CrunchGear – Brooklyn,NY,USA
Check out this bureaucratic bullshit. My wonderful school, NYU, now requires students surrender their cellphone number in order to register for Fall classes

Internet Privacy Standards (According to Google and Microsoft)
The BLT – Washington,DC,USA
Both are concerned about privacy matters and suggest ways in which the current system could be made tighter, though Microsoft stresses its support for

Microsoft Proposes Tiered Privacy in Online Advertising
CIO – Framingham,MA,USA
By Grant Gross and Nancy Gohring Microsoft has proposed a tiered approach to protecting the privacy of people targeted by online advertising,

Microsoft Calls On ‘Net Advertisers To Adopt Privacy Standards
InformationWeek – Manhasset,NY,USA
The company told the FTC that Internet advertising companies should adopt a five-tiered system of standards to protect consumer privacy.

Employment And Privacy Law Developments: Racial Association Under
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription) – London,UK
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to all public and private educational institutions that receive funding from the US Department

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