Sep 292019
 September 29, 2019  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Odia Kagan of Fox Rothschild writes:

The Danish Data Protection Authority has changed its position regarding the legal basis for posting pictures online under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Rather than a distinction between “situational” and “portrait” pictures, Datatilsynet now requires a case-by-case analysis.

Read more on Fox Rothschild.

Sep 292019
 September 29, 2019  Posted by  Laws, U.S.

Mike Masnick writes:

California is inching ever closer to having its very problematic privacy law take effect. As we’ve noted, while good privacy legislation would be desirable, this is not it. Indeed, this law is woefully undercooked by design. If you don’t remember, the process by which we got here dictated terrible results. A wealthy real estate developer, Alastair Mactaggart, decided that he was going to “fix” internet privacy, by putting a truly bad proposal regarding internet privacy to a public vote, using California’s somewhat horrific public referendum system — that allows for the public to effectively modify California’s constitution by popular vote.

Read more on TechDirt.

Sep 292019
 September 29, 2019  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

Kerri Bartlett reports:

After the Williamson County School District implemented a threat surveillance computer program, some parents are concerned about protecting students’ privacy.

The district recently sent out a question and answer list about the program, called Gaggle, in its recent InFocus newsletter to better inform parents about the program’s role in detecting potential threats online against students, including self-harm.

Read more on The Tennessean.

Sep 282019
 September 28, 2019  Posted by  Govt, Non-U.S.

Jacques Marcoux reports:

Statistics Canada was so concerned over the potential damage to its reputation following revelations the agency was requesting customer transaction data from banks, it hired a public relations firm to help “re-establish” control over its public image.

A document obtained by CBC News through an access to information request show the federal statistics agency was deeply troubled by the maelstrom of criticism stemming from an Oct. 26, 2018, Global News report on its pilot project seeking detailed financial records from Canadian financial institutions. Weeks later, the agency discreetly and urgently solicited outside help.

Read more on CBC.