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Introducing tougher penalties for data breaches in Australia

A little over a year ago, an amendment to Australia’s Privacy Act 1988 established mandatory data breach notification obligations. Called the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme (NDB), these new requirements meant that organizations subject to the Act would now be required to notify affected individuals and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of a data breach if the breach was likely to result in serious harm to individuals.

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On Our Radar: April 19, 2019

Last week I hit the road, finding myself in discussions around the state of privacy in a couple of contexts. At the Annual HCCA Compliance Institute in Boston, I found myself deep in discussions with privacy professionals who are in the thick of sorting through regulatory complexities and bear the weight of their organization’s pursuit of privacy excellence. In another setting, I was able to sit down with students at the University of Maine School of Law to tackle the very practical approaches to privacy, taking what is discussed in the classroom and discussing tangible ways privacy best practices can be operationalized in the field.

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On Our Radar: April 12, 2019

My work with RADAR has afforded me the opportunity to attend a number of privacy events in the past few years. Just this week I had the pleasure of attending the American Bankers Association RIsk Management Conference in Austin. This event, which covered a wide range of risk concerns for banking professionals, surfaced many conversations about breach notification requirements and the challenges facing privacy professionals.

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On Our Radar: April 5, 2019

In my role at RADAR, I have the distinct pleasure of working directly with our customers, learning about the challenges they face and the success they find in building a strong culture of compliance within their organizations.

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On Our Radar: March 29, 2019

As a Legal and Privacy Associate at RADAR, staying ahead of the constantly changing privacy law landscape is part and parcel with my job. These days, when it comes to privacy law, change is the only constant. I find updates from regulators, regulatory enforcement actions, and individuals exercising their private right of action of particular interest. These updates and actions serve as reminders to privacy professionals of the very real consequences that can come out of an organization’s culture of compliance. It’s up to your team to decide if those consequences will be dire due to an insufficient privacy program, or positive due to best-in-class privacy practices.

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On Our Radar: March 22, 2019

Welcome to the first part in an ongoing blog series, On Our Radar. The RADAR team is constantly researching and reading about the privacy industry. In this ever-shifting field, we recognize how important it is to stay on top of the latest advancements, news, and research impacting the way privacy professionals go about their work. This continuing blog series, hosted by alternating members of the RADAR team, will be our place to share what we’ve learned and what we’re keeping an eye on with all of you.

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As CCPA Effective Date Looms, Questions Remain

Last week, myself and members of the RADAR team were able to attend the IAPP CCPA Comprehensive in Fremont, California. This day-long program focused on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), with a special focus on the act’s scope, definitions, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) inspiration, and areas for further clarification.

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Beating the High Cost of Inefficient and Inconsistent Processes with Privacy Automation

As privacy grows in importance, so does the need for effective incident response management. Ideally, this includes consistent processes, well-established policies and procedures, collaboration across departments, and proof of compliance. The reality is often a lot different—and a lot more chaotic.

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The Sooner the Better: Increasing Specificity in Notification Timelines

Today’s world is built for speed. Want a ride? Get an Uber or Lyft at your door in 10 minutes. Want your food faster? Use Grubhub and order ahead. Have a data breach requiring notification? Work quickly, because you may only have 72 hours to provide notification to individuals and regulatory authorities, depending on the jurisdiction.

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A Regulatory Trend to Watch: The Expanding Scope of Personal Information

In 2018, less than 10 percent of data privacy or security incidents were breaches requiring notification. Yet it wouldn’t be surprising if that percentage starts to increase. One of the key factors in breach determination is the nature of the personal information exposed. Last year, we saw a significant expansion in the definition of personal information across multiple laws.

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Breach Notification Regulatory Trends from 2018

2018 was all about change, especially in the breach notification realm. The tightening of existing regulations and the addition of new ones have created a seismic shift toward greater complexity and stringency. Compliance has never been more critical—and never more difficult.

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Busting 3 Dangerous Myths about SaaS Solutions

When evaluating different solutions for incident response management, many factors come into play. Understandably, budget tops the list, closely followed by security, functionality, ease of use, and more. Underlying many of these concerns is the delivery method—should you choose software-as-a-service (SaaS) or an on-premise solution?

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Too Much or Too Little? The Risks of Under- or Over-reporting Incidents

Data privacy and security incidents occur all the time; the 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report covers a mind-boggling 53,000-plus incidents. Incidents come in all shapes and sizes—electronic, paper, even verbal or visual. They can be as simple as an improperly mailed billing statement or as complex as a highly coordinated cyber-attack on millions of consumers’ financial records. Every single one of these incidents must be risk assessed to determine if they are breaches requiring notification. 

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Scaling the Privacy Program: Technology Eases Change Management for Fortune 20 Company

The last year in the realm of privacy has been one of tremendous growth.

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Three Topics We’re Following at the 2018 IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. event in Austin

Next week, 1,600+ privacy professionals are heading to Austin for the annual IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. conference. The educational opportunity and discussions happening at this conference every year surfaces new ideas, best practices, and top challenges for the privacy profession. 

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