Apr 302012
 April 30, 2012  Posted by  Business, Online, Youth & Schools

Lindsey Tonsager writes:

The FTC has decided not to pursue an enforcement action against Clearwater Aquarium for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (“COPPA”) Rule.

In February 2012, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (“CARU”) referred the Clearwater Aquarium’s website to the FTC for review under COPPA after the Aquarium reportedly did not respond to CARU’s inquiry.  CARU claimed that the site featured a “Kidzone” where visitors could sign up for an e-newsletter by entering their first and last names, mailing and email addresses, and cellphone numbers.  CARU was concerned that the Aquarium collected personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen without first obtaining parental consent and that the Aquarium’s privacy policy — which stated that it did not collect information from children under 18 without parental consent — did not accurately reflect its actual privacy practices.

Read more on Covington & Burling InsidePrivacy.

Apr 302012
 April 30, 2012  Posted by  Breaches, Non-U.S.

Matt McClure reports:

Security experts with Calgary’s Police Service broke the province’s privacy legislation by snooping in a civilian employee’s personal email account and copying topless photos of the woman as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has ordered the police service to stop collecting personal information in this fashion and has directed that staff receive training to ensure they don’t overstep the law again.

Read more on Edmonton Herald.

Related: OIPC ORDER F2012-07

Apr 302012
 April 30, 2012  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Govt

Chris Soghoian has a commentary on Threat Level that begins:

Google released a mostly uncensored version of the FCC’s report on the Street View privacy debacle over the weekend, and the new revelations in the document will undoubtedly prompt privacy groups and Congress to demand further investigations and sanctions. And justifiably so. The full FCC report reveals that Google’s systematic interception of Wi-Fi content was intentional, and not the “mistake” that senior executives have repeatedly claimed in the past. But while Google should certainly be raked over the coals by privacy hawks on Capitol Hill, I don’t think Congress should stop there. The FCC must be next in line.

Read more on Threat Level.

Apr 302012
 April 30, 2012  Posted by  Laws, Workplace

Darrell Smith reports that legislation prohibiting employers from asking job applicants’ social media logins is moving closer to becoming law in California:

The Social Media Privacy Act, sponsored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, sailed through the Senate’s Education, and Labor and Industrial Relations committees.

The bill’s Assembly counterpart, authored by Silicon Valley Democrat Nora Campos, D-San Jose, passed unanimously through the Assembly Judiciary Committee last week.

Read more on Sacramento Bee.