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Australian government opens public consultation on changes to its Privacy Act

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 it will meet with stakeholders on specific issues and consider research and reports on privacy issues.

Source: Australian government opens public consultation on changes to its Privacy Act

New privacy rights considered by Australian Attorney General in wide-ranging review

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 part of a long-awaited review of privacy legislation.

Source: New privacy rights considered by Australian Attorney General in wide-ranging review

Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors

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 backdoors.

The Five Eyes alliance, comprised of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have made similar calls to tech giants in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Source: Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors | ZDNet

Draft legislation would allow Australian personal data to be shared between government agencies

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 a regime to allows data-sharing across the public sector, provided various protections are kept in place.

That would include the likes of Centrelink, the Australian Tax Office, the Department of Home Affairs Department and the Bureau of Statistics, as well as bodies such as the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. But it could also see public sector information shared with other “accredited” bodies, including universities, think-tanks, businesses and not-for-profit groups.

Source: Draft legislation proposed by Federal Government would allow your personal data to be shared between government agencies – ABC News

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica

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 including political profiling, well outside users’ expectations”.

Source: Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica | Technology | The Guardian

Australia sues Google over merging DoubleClick data to create single user profiles

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 started to combine its own data with information gathered by DoubleClick and did so without properly informing users, making its process for securing consent misleading.

Source: Australia sues Google over data collection practices that merged DoubleClick data to create single user profiles • The Register

Atlassian says encryption-busting law has damaged Australia’s tech reputation

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 encryption-busting law has damaged Australia’s tech reputation | ZDNet

TikTok under scrutiny in Australia over security, data concerns

Australia is scrutinising the popular Chinese-owned social media TikTok platform for any risks it may pose to users from around potential foreign interference and data privacy issues.

Owned by Bytedance, TikTok opened an office in Australia in recent weeks. Offices of both the Home Affairs and Attorney-General are discussing TikTok’s operations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was “having a good look” at TikTok, which has also fallen under U.S. scrutiny for “national security risks”.

Source: TikTok under scrutiny in Australia over security, data concerns – Reuters

UK and Aussie privacy watchdogs to investigate Clearview AI

Privacy authorities in the UK and Australia have announced a joint investigation into Clearview AI, a US firm which provides facial recognition technologies.

The investigation will aim to understand whether the data scraping activities of Clearview AI are legal with respect to the Australian Privacy Act 1988 and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

Source: UK and Aussie privacy watchdogs to investigate Clearview AI – Telecoms.com

Australia Tightens Privacy Protections on COVID-19 Tracing App

New legislation imposes stronger privacy protections on Australia’s planned contact-tracing app. “The Australian government’s coronavirus tracing app will have stronger privacy protections under legislation which has passed Parliament,” reports The New Daily.

The legislation was passed amid concerns about the government’s reluctance to be honest about the limitations of the app. It will put strict requirements on the collection, use and disclosure of COVIDSafe app data.

Source: Australia Tightens Privacy Protections on COVID-19 Tracing App

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