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

Mark Hawver reports that in the wake of the EU Court of Justice ruling,

Google has created a  web form that users can submit to have Internet links removed. Along with filling out the request, users must also submit additional personal information as well as a photo ID.

Read more on TechTimes. The Washington Post has additional commentary on the form.

May 282014
 May 28, 2014  Posted by  Court

Orin Kerr writes:

During the recent oral argument in United States v. Wurie, the pending cell phone search case, Justice Alito asked an important question about the nature of the “reasonable expectation of privacy” test:

In determining whether the examination of information on a cell phone . . . constitutes a search, what do you think we ­­ we are doing? . .. Are we answering an empirical question, what is the reasonable expectation of privacy of a ­­of a person in 2014 who has a cell phone on his or her person? Or are we legislating what we think is a good privacy rule?

I once wrote an article on this question, so I thought I would try to answer Justice Alito.

Read more on WaPo The Volokh Conspiracy.

May 282014
 May 28, 2014  Posted by  Breaches, Laws, Non-U.S.

Andrea Vance reports some changes in New Zealand:

Identity theft is to be outlawed with a fine of up to $10,000 under an overhaul of privacy laws.

The Government is to beef up the watchdog powers of the privacy commissioner. Organisations will also be required to report data breaches to the commissioner, and notify those affected in serious cases.

Penalty fines are to be increased and two new offences created.

Failing to notify the commissioner of a privacy breach or impersonating someone to obtain their personal information will be illegal and carry a fine of up to $10,000.

It will also be against the law to destroy documents containing personal information that a person has sought access to.

Read more on Stuff.