Privacy Organizations and Advocacy Groups
Daily news, information, and initiatives on privacy at www.Privacy.org.
Privacy.org is a joint project of EPIC and Privacy International.
Electronic Privacy Information
Center. "EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington,
D.C. It publishes an award-winning e-mail and online newsletter on civil
liberties in the information age the EPIC Alert, and also reports
and books about privacy, open government, free speech, and other important
topics related to civil liberties."
International. "Privacy International (PI) is a human rights group
formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance by governments and corporations.
PI is based in London, England, and has an office in Washington, D.C. PI
has conducted campaigns throughout the world on issues ranging from wiretapping
and national security, to ID cards, video surveillance, data matching,
police information systems, medical privacy, and freedom of information
and Human Rights 2005 - "Each year since 1997, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and
Privacy International have undertaken what has now become the most
comprehensive survey of global privacy ever published. The Privacy
& Human Rights Report surveys developments in 70 countries, assessing the state of technology, surveillance and privacy protection. The most recent report published in 2006 is probably the most comprehensive single volume report published in the human rights field. The report runs to almost 1,200 pages and includes about 6,000 footnotes. More than 200 experts from around the world have provided materials and commentary. The participants range from law students studying privacy to high-level officials charged with safeguarding constitutional freedoms in their countries. Academics, human rights advocates, journalists and researchers provided reports, insight, documents and advice."
"The Privacy Foundation exists to educate the public, in part by conducting
research into communications technologies and services that may pose a
threat to personal privacy." The site offers lots of useful information,
including a primer about web bugs (tracking devices which monitor your
web usage), and Bugnosis,
software designed to identify web bugs on sites as you surf the Internet.
BC Freedom of Information
and Privacy Association - FIPA is a non-profit society dedicated to
advancing freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Information
on the site includes an explanation of your privacy rights in Canada, news
and a library of information collected on privacy over the past decade.
Alliance - "The OPA is a diverse group of corporations and associations
who have come together to introduce and promote business-wide actionsthat
create an environment of trust and foster the protection of individuals'
Association of Privacy Professionals - IAPP was formed by the merger
of the Privacy Officers Association and the Association of Corporate Privacy
Officers."IAPP is the worlds leading association of privacy
and security professionals. With more than 1,000 individual and corporate
members, the IAPP is helping define and support the profession of privacy
by being a forum for interaction, education discussion across industries."
IAPP produces a monthly newsletter on privacy issues.
Privacy Information and Tools
BC's Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) - presentation prepared
by the Corporate Privacy and Information Access Branch of the BC Ministry
of Management Services. This presentation clarifies Bill 38's coverage
and exclusions, its applicability to employee information, and the grandfather
clause, defines consent, rights of access and exceptions, and identifies
tools which are or will be available to assist businesses to become compliant
with the legislation, such as setting up complaint handling procedures.
On the same website,
you can find implementation tools such as 'Setting up a Complaint Handling
Process' and 'Model Contract Language.' The Ministry also has established
a hotline for information on Bill 38 - Personal Information Protection
Act, at 250-356-1851. In Metro Vancouver, call 604-660-2421 and elsewhere
in BC for toll free at 1-800-663-7867 and ask to be transferred to 356-1851.
Privacy Responsibilities - Guide for Businesses and Organizations to Canada's
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act - from
the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's website. Includes an overview of PIPEDA,
responsibilities of business under the Act, tips and good practices. The
Privacy Commissioner of Canada's website has a great deal of useful information,
including FAQs, consumer guides (your customers may be reading this to
see what their rights are under the Act) and the Commissioner's findings
with respect to federally regulated companies since PIPEDA was passed in
Online Privacy Statement Generator. "The OECD has developed the
privacy experts and consumer organisations. The Generator, which has been
endorsed by the OECDs 29 Member countries, aims to offer guidance
on compliance with the Guidelines and to help organisations develop privacy
policies and statements for display on their web sites."
Diagnostic Tool - "A self-assessment program used to help businesses
gauge their privacy readiness by comparing their information processes
with international privacy principles". Prepared by the Information
and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario with the assistance of Guardent and
The Privacy Payoff,
How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust, by Ann Cavoukian and Tyler
Hamilton. Ann Cavoukian is the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Tyler Hamilton
is a technology reporter for the Toronto Star. This book is required reading
for individuals who need to make the business case for privacy to their
organization. The website includes useful links, and an Advocacy section
which identifies companies who are not adequately safeguarding their customer's
private credit card information.
Nymity offers online
Web-based training courses in PIPEDA,
PIPA and Alberta's
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
International site www.isaca.org,
Vancouver site www.isaca-vancouver.org