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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPCC) published Wearable Computing - Challenges and opportunities for privacy protection (undated), a report by the OPCC research group, on 3 July 2014. The report aims to "provide the OPCC with a better understanding of the privacy implications of wearable computing technologies[,] as a foundation for the OPCC's advice to Parliament, policy position development and future compliance activities".

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The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published Data Brokers - A Call for Transparency and Accountability (May 2014), a report resulting from an FTC study of nine data brokers "to shed light on the data broker industry". The overall finding of the report is that "data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency".

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Google has made available an online form for users to request that Google remove search results for queries that include their name where those results are "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed". The form implements a recent ruling (13 May 2014) by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which found that certain users can ask search engines to remove search results for the above reasons.

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has advised that Student Loans Company Limited (SLCL) has signed an undertaking (undated) to comply with the seventh data protection principle, following three separate incidents involving the disclosure of documents containing sensitive customer information, including medical details and a psychological assessment, to the incorrect people.

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The Data Inspection Board (DIB) has made available Personal Information In Social Media (May 2014 - Swedish language version available only), a guide detailing the requirements under data protection law imposed upon organisations that use social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Flickr and Pinterest.

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Online music streaming service Spotify has published a notice (27 May 2014) advising users of an information security breach that compromised the non-financial data of one of its users. Spotify states that it "will be asking certain Spotify users to re-enter their username and password to log in over the coming days" as a general precaution, and as a further precaution will guide users on the Android operating system to upgrade their Spotify software.

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The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has advised that clothing manufacturer American Apparel (AA) has agreed to a proposed settlement agreement (undated) in relation to FTC charges that AA "deceptively claimed [through statements in its privacy policy that] it held current certifications under the US-[European Union] and US-Swiss Safe Harbor frameworks" even though it had allowed its certifications to lapse.

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The United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) has released its majority and minority staff report (15 May 2014) in conjunction with its hearing titled Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy.

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The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has announced that the Canadian federal, British Columbia and Alberta privacy commissioners have jointly made available Guidelines for Online Consent (undated), which "outline some of the key considerations for obtaining meaningful online consent [to collect personal information]".

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its decision in C-131/12 Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, Mario Costeja González (13 May 2014), finding that an online search engine operator may under certain conditions and on the request of a user be obliged to remove its link to a third party's webpage that is returned by search queries featuring the user's name.

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