May 312014
 May 31, 2014  Posted by  Breaches, Laws, Non-U.S.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong has issued an investigative report. Forty-eight enforcement notices were served on companies that violated Hong Kong’s Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance by using “blind” recruitment notices, i.e., notices that did not identify the employer or the agency acting on their behalf in soliciting job applicants’ personal information.


May 312014
 May 31, 2014  Posted by  Featured News, Govt

Richard Pollock reports:

As many as 227 million Americans may be compelled to disclose intimate details of their families and financial lives — including their Social Security numbers — in a new national database being assembled by two federal agencies.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau posted an April 16 Federal Register notice of an expansion of their joint National Mortgage Database Program to include personally identifiable information that reveals actual users, a reversal of previously stated policy.

Read more on Washington Examiner.

May 312014
 May 31, 2014  Posted by  Business, Court, Featured News, Non-U.S., Online

Keven Drews reports:

Social-media giant Facebook is facing a class-action lawsuit that has been launched by a Vancouver woman over one of the firm’s advertising products.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin said in a ruling posted online Friday that enough evidence exists to support allegations made by Louise Douez that the Facebook product titled Sponsored Stories used the names and images of members without their consent.

Griffin also said there’s enough evidence to support allegations that the company breached the province’s Privacy Act.


May 312014
 May 31, 2014  Posted by  Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

A Victorian mother is demanding answers after her teenage daughter’s armpits were shaved by her teacher as part of the school’s curriculum.

Melissa Woods, mother of 14-year-old Taylah, says her daughter was “extremely upset” when her armpits were shaved in front of two other girls in a classroom.

Read more on Sydney Morning Herald.