Privacy Breaches in the federal government in Canada in 2014 exceed 5,000.

March 26, 2015

The article  Some 5,600 privacy breaches in federal government in 2014: documents provides a salutory lesson on Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Trade Commission to examine security of smart devices

The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has established the Bureau of Consumer Protection Office of Technology Research and Investigation to focus on Read the rest of this entry »

Article on privacy as a service

March 24, 2015

Wired in The Privacy Revolt: The Growing Demand For Privacy-as-a-Service provides an interesting analysis of and argument for businesses providing privacy as part of a businesses services.  The message is not new, nor are the solutions. The article highlights how it is becoming necessary to implement proper privacy strategies.  In the Australian context Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon given permission to test drone deliveries in the US

March 23, 2015

When the Mike Bezos first raised the possibility of drones being used by Amazon to deliver goods, Jeff Bezos Says Amazon Is Seriously Serious About Drone Deliveriesthe response was decidely sceptical and a more than a little hostile, see We can do without Jeff Bezos’s delivery drones.   That was 2014.

Late last week the Federal Aviation Authority gave Amazon an experimental airworthiness certificate, stating in its release: Read the rest of this entry »

Economist article on the continuing impact of drones on privacy and surveillance

March 21, 2015

The Economist in the aptly titled A looming threat  continues the growing body of reportage and analysis of the impact of drone technology  As is expected with the Economist it is a thoughtful piece which goes beyond the usual coverage of drones, which often focus on the gee whiz factor, and looks at the increasing public policy conundrums and the obvious privacy issues associated with expanding numbers of drones and their Read the rest of this entry »

Drones being used to spy on people – an inevitable development long expected & obvious privacy risk

March 20, 2015

The BBC reports in The private investigator who spies using drones about a private investigator who uses drones for surveillance and general investigation.  It is a good practical example of how drone technology is moving into mainstream commercial use, in this case by private investigators.  The technology moves on and the law struggles to catch up.  Though on the latter point many US states are Read the rest of this entry »

Consumer sues Lenovo (Canada) Inc for breach of contract and breach of privacy alleging its computers were pre installed with malware

March 18, 2015

In Bennett v Lenovo (Canada) Inc (the statement of claim found here) the plaintiff, Daniel Bennett, last week commenced a proceeding under the Canadian Class Proceedings Act 1992 against Lenovo for breach of contract, a breach of the Consumer Protection Act 2002 and intrusion upon seclusion.  The last cause of action, intrusion upon seclusion, is a privacy tort.  The nub of the claim is Read the rest of this entry »

Pew Research reveals people changing behaviour in response to Snowden revelations and government surveillance

March 17, 2015

The Pew Research Center is a pre eminent research body.  Its publications often generate headlines.  They are invariably a spotlight onto issues of concern to contemporary society.  Consistent with that approach the Pew Research Center has published its findings on Americans’ changed behaviours arising out of the revelations by Edward Snowden on privacy intrusive behaviour by Government.  The 37 page report, American’s Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden, reveals the nuanced response by many and that there is no one homogenous view on all the privacy related issues.  But it is telling to note Read the rest of this entry »

Apple changes requirements for medical research apps

March 16, 2015

Privacy regulators throughout the world have highlighted the potential privacy problems associated with apps.  Often their security infrastructure is poor, their privacy policies tend to the inadequate and often the means by which data is transmitted is quite insecure.  But applications are hugely popular and often very useful.  The problem is Read the rest of this entry »

Information Commissioner’s Office takes action against an NHS Trust in Hartpool over poor data practices

March 15, 2015

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), like the US Federal Trade Commission, have been quite active in taking action against those who breach privacy related laws for which each office is responsible.  This has led to a good body of precedent, to Read the rest of this entry »