Mark Zuckerberg
Global tech

Meta’s Facebook subsidiaries have been smacked with $20 million in fines for misleading users over a free VPN that was harvesting data

- July 26, 2023 3 MIN READ

Two subsidiaries of social media giant Meta, Facebook Israel and Onavo Inc, have been fined $10 million each for misleading conduct, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law, over a virtual private network (VPN) service that was used to gather data on users and share it with Facebook’s marketing team.  Consumer watchdog the ACCC launched… Read more »

Data privacy
Data

A review of Australia’s privacy act has recommended letting people sue for serious breaches

- February 17, 2023 3 MIN READ

The landmark three-year review of Australia’s Privacy Act has recommended significant new rights be handed to individuals, including to sue over privacy breaches, have their data erased and to opt out of targeted marketing. A widespread review of the Privacy Act was launched in 2020 by the former Coalition government on the back of a… Read more »

ChatGPT
AI/Machine Learning

Why ChatGPT is a massive risk to your own data privacy

- February 9, 2023 3 MIN READ

ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. Within two months of its release, it reached 100 million active users, making it the fastest-growing consumer application ever launched. Users are attracted to the tool’s advanced capabilities – and concerned by its potential to cause disruption in various sectors. A much less discussed implication is the privacy… Read more »

Facial recognition
Data

Bunnings is among Australian retailers using facial recognition tech to identify who’s shopping in their stores

- June 15, 2022 3 MIN READ

Well-known Australian retailers are using facial recognition technology to identify customers who enter selected stores, an investigation by consumer advocacy group CHOICE has found.  Hardware giant Bunnings, Kmart and The Good Guys are capturing facial recognition data. CHOICE asked 25 Australian retailers whether they use facial recognition technology, and analysed their privacy policies. Those three… Read more »

Data

There’s a big, dirty data secret in edtech that we need to talk about if we’re going to protect our kids and their futures

- June 13, 2022 4 MIN READ

Schools’ use of educational technologies (edtech) grew exponentially at the height of COVID lockdowns. A recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has exposed children’s rights violations by providers of edtech endorsed by governments in Australia and overseas. The lockdowns have ended but edtech remains embedded in education. Children will have to navigate issues of data… Read more »

Data

Google hoovers up more personal data than Facebook

- May 26, 2022 3 MIN READ

Google collects more personal data about its users than any other big tech company, an analysis has found just days after Facebook petitioned the ACCC for an exemption from regulation because Apple’s privacy crackdown is costing it money and market share. A deep analysis of the voluminous privacy policies of Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Google by… Read more »

Kogan.com
Data

The ACCC wants online marketplaces to give users more control over their data

- May 4, 2022 4 MIN READ

Consumers using online retail marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon “have little effective choice in the amount of data they share”, according to the latest report of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) Digital Platform Services Inquiry. Consumers may benefit from personalisation and recommendations in these marketplaces based on their data, but many are… Read more »

Tom Cruise Minority Report
Data

A deal between Australia’s governments to share data nationally has privacy experts worried

- August 18, 2021 4 MIN READ

State, territory, and federal governments have agreed to the first national data sharing program that will ease the movement of data between jurisdictions. The formation of the Australian Data Network follows an intergovernmental data sharing agreement signed by the National Cabinet in early July which commits Australian state, territorial and federal governments to share data with one… Read more »

Global tech

Here’s how Apple can scan iCloud for child abuse photos and still protect your privacy

- August 13, 2021 4 MIN READ

The proliferation of child sexual abuse material on the internet is harrowing and sobering. Technology companies send tens of millions of reports per year of these images to the nonprofit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The way companies that provide cloud storage for your images usually detect child abuse material leaves you vulnerable… Read more »