RE-Identification could be an offence in Australia

An amendment bill has been tabled in Australia to amend the Privacy Act 1988 to prohibit conduct related to the re-identification of de-identified personal information published or released by Government entities. (See Details here) According to the provisions of the amendment, when an agency is entrusted with de-identified information, they shall not act in any …

Read More RE-Identification could be an offence in Australia

Data Breach and Data Disclosure: Need for specific Policies

In developing Privacy Controls it is important to distinguish between “Data Breach” and “Data Disclosure” and adopt appropriate policies for “Data Breach Notification” and “Data Disclosure”. The essential difference between Data Breach and Data Disclosure is that a “Data Breach” represents an unauthorized access to information where as Data Disclosure represents a release of information …

Read More Data Breach and Data Disclosure: Need for specific Policies

Privacy and the Media: Do we need a Sector Specific Law?

Media is considered the fourth pillar of democracy and “Free Press” is considered the hallmark of a mature democratic society. The same society also holds “Privacy Right” in high esteem. But often the “Privacy Right” of individuals clash with the “Freedom of the Press” to disseminate information. Just as the Privacy Vs Security debate is important, Privacy …

Read More Privacy and the Media: Do we need a Sector Specific Law?

Mitigation of the “Privacy Regulation Proliferation Risk”

The multiplicity of frameworks trying to compete with each other on how “Privacy” of an individual has to be protected has created a web of confusion in the Corporate circles since all managements ultimately have limited resources and has to balance their compliance activities in the form of audits, generation of reports etc with their …

Read More Mitigation of the “Privacy Regulation Proliferation Risk”