Region: Australia

Australian regulator to get suite of new enforcement powers

Companies in Australia that break data privacy rules could be fined up to 10% of their annual turnover under proposed new legislation.

26 October 2021

7-Eleven rebuked for facial data collection

Australia’s privacy regulator has determined that 7-Eleven’s collection of facial data violated customers’ privacy, in a decision which could bolster the watchdog’s ongoing case against Clearview AI.

26 October 2021

ACCC seeks powers to curb Google’s data advantage

Australia’s antitrust watchdog has called for a greater role in regulating how data is used by large adtech companies, in a report taking aim at how Google’s data advantage allows it to dominate the sector.

30 September 2021

Australia takes steps towards ransomware payment reporting

Australia’s parliament is considering a bill that would force companies that pay ransomware attackers to file mandatory reports to a regulator. DLA Piper senior associate Sarah Birkett unpacks the proposed legislation.

06 August 2021

Australia warns multinationals with Uber decision

Australia’s privacy watchdog said Uber’s US parent company and Dutch subsidiary failed to protect Australian customer and driver data when it was subject to a high-profile cyberattack.

26 July 2021

Australian regulator given extra cash for Consumer Data Right

Australia’s data protection authority has been given a cash injection to help with the rollout of the country’s ambitious open data scheme.

14 May 2021

Google misled users over location data, Australian court rules

An Australian court has ruled that Google misled users over the collection of location data on its Android operating system, delivering a partial victory for the Australian competition authority in a “world-first” case.

16 April 2021

IP association: lack of data protection hinders drug development

Weak data protection rules in eight major economies are hurting US drug development companies, according to a major trade association of intellectual property owners.

29 January 2021

Australian regulator sounds the alarm on Google data advantage

Australia's antitrust watchdog has said Google's "significant presence" and "data advantage" in the market probably gives it the ability and the incentive to preference its own business to the detriment of competition.

29 January 2021

Australian privacy mass action payouts underway

An Australian government department may be forced to pay millions in compensation to victims of a data breach in a class action-style settlement.

27 January 2021

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