Monday, August 27, 2007

This is Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy Awareness Week is a promotional campaign first initiated by Privacy Victoria (Australia) in 2001. This year, for the first time, Privacy Awareness Week has gone international.

The week is an opportunity for organizations and agencies covered by privacy legislation to promote privacy awareness to their staff, customers, and to the wider community. The theme for Privacy Awareness Week 2007 is ‘Privacy is your business'.

Do you know your rights and obligations with respect to privacy? Organizations, governments, and government agencies in many countries are bound by a variety of privacy laws. As consumers, each of us is responsible to understand what our rights and responsibilities are under those laws.

Learn more about your rights!

In Australia: Privacy Victoria

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Andrew Feldmar on the Colbert Report

Back in April, I wrote about Canadian researcher Andrew Feldmar, who was held at the border and subsequently barred from entry into the U.S. because a border guard googled his name and discovered he'd tried LSD in the name of scholarly research over 30 years ago.

Last night, the Colbert Report submitted a "Nailed 'em" report on Feldmar's story, which you can view today on the show's website. Today, the Tyee published an account by Feldmar's son about filming the episode, which in typical Colbert style points out the lunacy behind a policy that would bar from entry into the U.S. a respected researcher who has never been charged or convicted of a criminal offense.