- Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis has concluded that Google’s efforts to improve its location-based services through the collection of Wi-Fi information “would have breached the Australian Privacy Act.” In response, Google committed to several actions: publishing an apology on its official Australian blog; conducting a privacy impact assessment on any new Street View data collection activities in Australia; and consulting regularly with the Privacy Commission about personal data collection activities related to new product launches in Australia.
- The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) announced recently that, in the first six months of 2010, it recorded 341 individual data privacy breaches that exposed the private information of more than 9 million people. ITRC also stated that it is possible that hundreds more breaches went unreported. According to the ITRC, many states maintain but do not publicly disclose a list of data breaches, and that information about breaches is only accessible by filing a request pursuant to the state’s Freedom of Information Act. ITRC’s Breach Report is available here.
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- Ross A. Buntrock , Jonathan E. Canis , Alan G. Fishel , Michael B. Hazzard , Stephanie A. Joyce and Jeffrey E. Rummel
- July 19 2010
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