The World Privacy Forum will be speaking about medical and health privacy rights in the Universal Periodic Review as part of the Civil Society Consultation for the United States. The UPR is an important cyclical process run under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council. The last UPR was in 2010. “The Universal Periodic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2014 San Diego — The World Privacy Forum is urging parents and college students to exercise their right to “opt out” of schools sharing their personal directory information with third parties. “The beginning of the school year is a key time when the school information opt-out period opens up,” explained
Q: Why is my kid’s email and home address being sold on a marketing list? I didn’t give permission for this information to be released! How did this happen? This kind of sharing could happen unless you proactively opt out of allowing schools to share the information they keep on your kids such as their
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law today that requires smartphone phone manufacturers to put a “kill switch” (remote lock) in phones, and to turn it on by default. Lawmakers have stated that they see this as an important way to reduce smart phone crimes. For consumers, it’s a way to prevent our personal information from getting into the wrong hands when we misplace, lose, or otherwise are missing our smartphones. Apple users can already use Find My iPhone as a remote lock. See more …
New California privacy enforcement office — California Attorney General Kamala Harris has created a new privacy protection and enforcement unit. The unit will be housed in the Department of Justice and will focus on protecting consumer and individual privacy through civil prosecution of state and federal privacy laws, a news release said. “The Privacy Unit’s mission to enforce and protect privacy is broad. It will enforce laws regulating the collection, retention, disclosure, and destruction of private or sensitive information by individuals, organizations, and the government. This includes laws relating to cyber privacy, health privacy, financial privacy, identity theft, government records and data breaches. By combining the various privacy functions of the Department of Justice into a single enforcement and education unit with privacy expertise, California will be better equipped to enforce state privacy laws and protect citizens’ privacy rights. ” Joanne McNabb, who ran the now de-funded California Office of Privacy Protection, will serve as director of privacy education and policy for the unit.