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The Australian government is going after social media companies with $10 million fines for privacy breaches

- October 26, 2021 3 MIN READ

The government is getting ready to hand out $10 million fines for companies mismanaging user information with new legislation targeting social media companies. A draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 – or the Online Privacy Bill for short – was circulated on Monday. The bill aims to… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg
Global tech

Facebook clamps down on underage ad targeting after Australian research revealed children were shown gambling, smoking & alcohol ads

- July 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

Instagram’s parent company, Facebook will default set Instagram accounts for users under 16 to private, and restrict targeted advertising to them following an Australian expose that revealed how it was for marketers to show smoking, gambling, extreme weight loss, and alcohol advertising to underage users. The social media giant announced the changes in a blog… Read more »

Uber
Data privacy

Investigation finds Uber ‘interfered’ with the privacy of 1.2 million Australians following 2016 cyber attack

- July 27, 2021 3 MIN READ

A three-year investigation into a cyber attack that stole data from Uber belonging to 1.2 million Australia has found that the US tech company failed to act appropriately in response and paid the cyber criminals responsible a bug bounty for the breach. Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk’s review said Uber “interfered” with the privacy of around… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg
Data privacy

Apple’s latest iOS update has app tracking controls that threaten Facebook’s revenue. Here’s how it works and whether you should you use it

- April 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

Apple users across the globe are adopting the latest operating system update, called iOS 14.5, featuring the now-obligatory new batch of emojis. But there’s another change that’s arguably less fun but much more significant for many users: the introduction of “app tracking transparency”. This feature promises to usher in a new era of user-oriented privacy,… Read more »

News & Analysis

The ACS has produced a road map for privacy in data sharing

- December 4, 2019 2 MIN READ

Tech association ACS has produced a report on the way forward in a world of data sharing, outlining a basis for balancing the need for governments and business to share information while maintaining citizens’ privacy. The  Privacy Preserving Data Sharing Frameworks report, released at ACS’s Reimagination Thought Leaders Conference in Melbourne today, concluded Australia should… Read more »