Region: Australia

Clearview loses extraterritoriality appeal

An Australian court has found that Clearview AI breached privacy law despite having no presence in the country, in a ruling that clarified Australian privacy law’s territorial scope and its application to companies that scrape huge amounts of public personal data.

10 May 2023

Australia shakes up privacy regulator's office

The Australian government will appoint a standalone privacy commissioner, reinstating the data regulator’s three-commissioner model amid growing security threats.

04 May 2023

Australian regulator causes data breach complaint confusion

Australia's data regulator has told a law firm that it will not investigate a representative complaint, causing confusion about its duties under national privacy rules.

18 April 2023

Plaintiff firms eye Latitude data breach litigation

Australia’s privacy regulator has launched an investigation into Latitude Financial over a breach that exposed over 14 million records, prompting a team of law firms to look at potential legal action.

29 March 2023

EU trade hopes clash with privacy concerns

The European Commission is hoping to close a clutch of new data-heavy trade deals in 2023, but some lawmakers are concerned about compromises to citizens’ privacy rights.

21 March 2023

Top Australian court allows Facebook case to proceed

Australia’s High Court has revoked Facebook’s leave to appeal against enforcement linked to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, following changes in laws relevant to overseas services.

07 March 2023

Australia reforms propose GDPR-style erasure and litigation rights

Australia’s Privacy Act review report has proposed introducing a right to erasure and bolstering individuals’ ability to litigate, as well as changes to regulatory powers and notification requirements.

16 February 2023

Google wins Australian dark pattern case

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has had its case against Google thrown out after a judge rejected the regulator’s claims that the tech giant had misled consumers into agreeing to hand over personal data.

09 December 2022

Australia passes privacy update

Australian lawmakers have cleared privacy legislation that will increase maximum fines, hand the country’s regulator extra investigative powers and increase its ability to undertake extraterritorial enforcement.

29 November 2022

ACCC recommends DMA-like legislation for Australia

Australia’s competition authority has recommended the introduction of a data-sharing mechanism similar to the EU’s Digital Markets Act, but the regulator has said any change would have to wait until the country’s privacy laws are overhauled.

15 November 2022

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