Food delivery platform DoorDash has copped a $2,011,320 penalty from the communications regulator for sending more than one million texts and emails in breach of Australian spam rules. The NSYE-listed tech company, which launched aggressively in Australian in 2019 amid complaints from restaurateurs that they’d been signed up to the platform without their permission and… Read more »
Australian politicians have another way to brag about the nation being a global leader, although they probably won’t – it’s all about being a surveillance state. A new report on data surveillance from VPN provider Surfshark, reveals that government requests for user data from big tech companies by local law enforcement and other agencies are four… Read more »
The Optus data breach, which has affected close to 10 million Australians, has sparked calls for changes to Australia’s privacy laws, placing limits on what and for how long organisations can hold our personal data. Equally important is to strengthen obligations for organisations to publicly disclose data breaches. Optus made a public announcement about its… Read more »
The Australian government is going after social media companies with $10 million fines for privacy breaches
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 »
Facebook clamps down on underage ad targeting after Australian research revealed children were shown gambling, smoking & alcohol ads
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 easy 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… Read more »
Investigation finds Uber ‘interfered’ with the privacy of 1.2 million Australians following 2016 cyber attack
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
Christchurch-based startup SafeSwiss has developed a communication platform formed around end-to-end encryption, allowing data to be sent securely.
Andrew Rothwell, cofounder of Tyro Payments as he gears up to join Data Republic at its Chief Operating Officer in late May.
Predominantly aimed at LGBTQI users, Winkd is a dating app looking to bring the act of meeting someone back to its roots.
Two Peas is a dating app with a focus on using strict search parameters to create a more profound connection experience for its users.
MyDisabilityMatters is a social media platform offering the disabled community a private version of Facebook
MyDisabilityMatters looks to tackle the problems facing people with disabilities on mainstream social media platforms by providing an exclusive space.