Privacy is the new black

November 17, 2015

 Technology is filling a gap left by the law in privacy.  The Australian has a very interesting piece, Privacy protection the new black: Turnbull spruik boost for Wickr on Wikr and how the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for this messaging app has boosted its use. It is a very interesting piece.  Wikr is not alone.  On 29 October 2015 Tor released a new beta version of Tor messenger while gmail is now warning users when messages arrive from unencrypted connections.

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The Fifth of November – Guy Fawkes Day…with a modern twist V for Vendetta

November 5, 2015

But for a loose lip there would have been a Read the rest of this entry »

Westpac New Zealand involved in data breach involving journalist

October 27, 2015

Banks and other financial institutions are generally quite good at securing documentation and complying with privacy regulations.  Banking confidentiality obligations in equity long preceded data protection laws.  Confidentiality is also a cornerstone of a relationship between customers and the institution.  When there is a breach it is Read the rest of this entry »

Another not so new use of drones in the Pilbara

September 1, 2015

The use of drones in the mining sector has moved from the novelty to the mundane.  Drones have been used in mining surveys (amongst other surveys), as methane sniffing devices in fracturing operations and open cast mining. So it is not earth shattering news that Fortesque Metals Group is Read the rest of this entry »

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act takes effect today

July 1, 2015

The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act 2015 commences today.  It is legislation which potentially may have significant impact on social media.  It is quite Read the rest of this entry »

Foreign Affairs article on Drones.

April 29, 2015

The most recent edition of Foreign Affairs has an interesting essay on Drone technology, appropriately titled Drone On.  It is something of a Jeremiad on the the US Federal Aviation Authority with the theme being that its regulations are too restrictive for the commercial use of drones.  There is Read the rest of this entry »

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner issues guidance on use of drones

April 21, 2015

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner  replaced its guidance on the use of CCTV surveillance with a guide relating to both CCTV and drones.  It issued Guidance on CCTV Surveillance and Use of Drones on 31 March 2015.  It is found here.

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Information Commissioner’s Office takes action for poor data security which resulted in a hacking attack and fraud

February 26, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission in the United States of America and the Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom are building up a significant number of enforceable undertakings and fines/monetary penalty notices which gives form and substance to the legislative regimes regulating privacy.  Given the Read the rest of this entry »

UK Information Commissioner obtains undertaking from Google regarding inadequate privacy policy

February 9, 2015

In the United States the Federal Trade Commission has been vigorous in taking action against organisations who mislead and deceive in relation to their privacy policies. In Australia the Privacy Commissioner has issued guidelines regarding privacy policy including What to look for in a privacy policy, Guide to developing an APP privacy policy and  Guide to developing an APP privacy policy — summary. He has not as yet taken enforcement action.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has recently taken very strong action against Google over its privacy policy with Google entering into an Undertaking under the Data Protection Act.

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Another year in review on privacy

January 2, 2015

It is still the season to be reviewing the year that was.  And Wired’s assessment The Year’s Biggest Winners and Losers in Privacy and Security is both positive and negative from a privacy perspective, in America of course. It has been a mixed bag as far as Read the rest of this entry »