Aug 222014
 

Paul Ciocoiu reports: The Romanian parliament passed a new law in June that makes it obligatory for all users of pre-paid SIM cards to register them, but the move designed to thwart terrorists has sparked an ongoing debate about whether the measure encroaches on the citizens’ right to privacy. Read more on Southeast European Times

Aug 222014
 
Privacy Commissioner of Canada releases annual report

OTTAWA, August 21, 2014 – Understanding a website’s privacy practices should not require a law degree or time-consuming search for relevant information, says Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien. Online privacy transparency has emerged as a significant concern and is among the key issues highlighted in the Commissioner’s 2013 Annual Report to Parliament on the Personal Information Protection and [...]

Aug 222014
 

David Meyer reports: Apple has halted downloads of the anonymous messaging app Secret from its Brazilian App Store, following a preliminary injunction by a Vitória civil court earlier this week. According to local media reports, Secret is still in Apple‘s Brazilian App Store but cannot be downloaded. iOS users with non-Brazilian accounts can apparently still download the app, and there’s no [...]

Aug 222014
 

Supratim Chakraborty of Khaitan & Co. writes: Right to privacy has long been read into Article 21 (right to life and personal liberty) of the Constitution of India. However, with the proliferating use of the internet and the exorbitant rise in transfer of data through multiple technologies, the concepts of ‘data privacy’ and ‘data protection’ [...]

Aug 222014
 

Back in 2011 and over on DataBreaches.net, I covered the leak of Labour Party donors by a blogger, Cameron Slater. The database included “a mailing list containing the names and email addresses of about 18,000 supporters and a list of hundreds of recent online donations, complete with names and amounts given.” Slater denied any hacking [...]

Aug 212014
 

Ernest Kao reports: The privacy commissioner and the commerce minister are at loggerheads after the minister questioned the credibility of a study by the watchdog on cold-call marketing. Commissioner Allan Chiang Yam-wang said yesterday he had received a letter from Greg So Kam-leung “expressing disappointment” over the report and complaining his Commerce and Economic Development [...]