Smart devices are now a fact of life – they touch almost every part of our existence. Yet smart home devices have now further eroded our right to privacy. In this article we take a look at just how these devices have reduced our ability to resist an invasion of privacy - and just why we need to be aware of how that elusive goal of privacy is becoming even more difficult to attain.
This article is based on a presentation made during the Data Privacy Asia 2016 conference held on 9-11 November 2016. Author Karen Ngan is a commercial law partner at Simpson Grierson (New Zealand) . She co–heads the firm's information and communications technology group and its data protection and privacy group. In this article she discusses some of the challenges with dealing with 21st century privacy issues under a Privacy Act that is over 20 years old. She also covers some of the measures or practices that have been taken to address some of these challenges.
Facebook's sentiment analysis understands the emotions of vulnerable teens and and is giving that data to advertisers to help understand market segments.
Telcos have their sights set on mining the rich data they gather from customers in order to increase revenues gathered by selling that data to media buyers. However, it’s an approach that they need to consider carefully. Increased regulation and scrutiny by authorities means that they can no longer simply use (or sell) consumer data in any way they see fit.
Big data in politics has become big news in the United Kingdom as the Guardian newspaper reports that the vote for the UK to leave the European Union saw two international companies manipulating public opinion through the use of big data mining techniques.
Apple may just have found the solution to counter Google by focusing on Apple's privacy commitment to their customers, especially in online advertising.
A key concept of many privacy laws is the definition of “personal data”, “personal information” or “personally identifiable information”. If it’s not “personal data”, you are likely outside of the scope of data protection laws, however that is a line in the sand which is constantly moving – in this article David Fraser of McInnes Cooper in Canada examines what that constantly shifting line means for privacy, and the individual.
In this article, Mary Thel Mundin examines the recently implemented rules and regulations of the Data Privacy Act of the Philippines (RA 10173) and the implications for organisations that handle personal data both within the borders of the Philippines and those who handle personal data and have links to the Philippines.