Oct 312014

Yonhap News reports: The number of police searches and seizures into telecommuication services, such as popular mobile messenger service Kakao Talk, has surged under the Park Geun-hye administration, a report showed Monday. A total of 1,099 search and seizure warrants were executed by police officers to confiscate Kakao Talk chats, emails and other messages in [...]

Oct 312014

Jon Sharman reports: A Chessington family’s house move was scuppered when a housing company breached data protection laws by sharing information about the family with a third party. Paragon Community Housing was judged by a government watchdog to have breached the Data Protection Act by telling a prospective house swapper of anti-social noise complaints against Edd Denim’s [...]

Oct 302014

Matthew Knott, James Massola, and David Wroe report: Police will use new laws requiring customers’ phone and internet records to be stored for two years to target terrorists, child abusers and potentially illegal music and movie downloaders. The Abbott government introduced legislation for a mandatory data retention scheme into Parliament on Thursday following a snap [...]

Oct 292014

Privacy and Information Commissioners of Canada attending their annual meeting noted with sadness last week’s events in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and in Ottawa, Ontario. We join our voices to the thousands of Canadians in expressing our condolences to the grieving families and friends of the fallen whose duty it was to defend our rights and freedoms. [...]