A judge has ruled that Google broke Australian law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices.
The Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner in Australia, Angelene Falk, has found the Department of Home Affairs interfered with the privacy of 9,251 asylum seekers by mistakenly releasing their personal information.
A government watchdog said the data was scooped up “in the course of the lawful collection of other data.”
The Australian government has opened a consultation on potential changes to privacy legislation. Following the Attorney-General’s announcement in December last year of a review of the Privacy Act 1988, the government is seeking feedback from the public on the “potential issues relevant to reform” outlined in a 68-question Issues Paper. The Australian government adds that […]
The Attorney General has published the terms of reference for a review of Australia’s Privacy Act, following concerns raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Digital Platforms Inquiry last year. Australian citizens would be able to take legal action directly against organisations breaching privacy laws, under a potential change being looked at as […]
Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes, along with government representatives for Japan and India, have published a statement over the weekend calling on tech companies to come up with a solution for law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted communications. The statement is the alliance’s latest effort to get tech companies to agree to encryption […]
The Government wants to be able to share your personal information between its agencies. This is what you need to know about what data it plans to share and how. The Data Availability and Transparency Bill would override the different laws and provisions covering data collected by government bodies. Instead, the National Data Commissioner would oversee […]
Tech giant fails to convince court it doesn’t carry out business in Australia as privacy regulator accuses Facebook of breaches. The Australian privacy regulator’s case accuses Facebook of serious and repeated breaches of privacy law, saying its actions left the data of about 311,127 Australian Facebook users exposed to being sold and “used for purposes […]
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has hauled Google into the nation’s Federal Court for misleading local users “… to obtain their consent to expand the scope of personal information that Google could collect and combine about consumers’ internet activity, for use by Google, including for targeted advertising.” The ACCC’s beef is that Google […]
Startup darling has taken further aim at the TOLA Act, echoing calls for the warrant process to have independent oversight. Atlassian believes Australia’s encryption-busting legislation continues to have a negative impact on the country’s technology sector, both from the perspective of partnering with an Australian company and attracting tech talent down under. Source: Atlassian says […]