Just before 2018 ended, the news broke of the largest data breaches of the past few years.
On 30 November, the global hotel chain Marriott, announced that the database of their booking system, Starwood, had been compromised. On Friday 4 January 2019, they released an update, revealing that 383 million records had been accessed by hackers. These records included 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers and 8.6 million encrypted payment cards.
By the ESOMAR Professional Standards team
While the dust of GDPR is still settling, we can already see new privacy and data protection laws popping up everywhere. California has enacted a new far-reaching privacy law and the EU is moving ahead with new legislation that will determine whether you can continue using cookies for audience measurement. Countries like Brazil, Kenya and India are enacting GDPR-inspired privacy laws and data protection fines are breaking new records. Apart from data protection laws, ESOMAR also monitors regulations on publishing opinion polls around the world.
ESOMAR interviews Anne-Sophie Damelincourt, ESOMAR Council Member 2015-2016; 2017-2018
Finn Raben, ESOMAR Director General and Niels Schillewaert, ESOMAR President
We were saddened to hear today that Canada’s Marketing Research and Intelligence Association will be ceasing operations with effect from the 31st August.
Founded through the merger of the Canadian Association of Market Research Organizations (CAMRO), the Canadian Survey Research Council (CSRC) and the Professional Marketing Research Society (PMRS), the MRIA has been the unified voice of the research industry in Canada for the past 14 years and has been a key player in ensuring that the industry is represented to legislators in Canada, as well as protecting the public through their Code of Conduct and Professional Standards team, thus maintaining a key role in professional certification and maintaining the highest quality standards in Canada.