Region: Australia

Facebook loses Australia extraterritoriality appeal

Australia’s highest court has allowed the country’s data watchdog to bring enforcement action directly against Facebook’s US parent company as part of the ongoing fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

08 February 2022

Australian regulator calls for more powers

Australia’s data watchdog has recommended it be awarded a greater range of tools as part of the government’s planned reforms to the country’s privacy act, including a simplified civil penalty regime supported by infringement notices.

19 January 2022

Australian court greenlights ASIC cybersecurity case

A federal judge has said Australia’s financial services regulator can proceed with a landmark cybersecurity case against RI Advice.

08 November 2021

Clearview breached privacy law, Australian regulator says

Clearview AI says it will fight an Australian order forcing the company to delete all facial recognition data it collected in the country, following a joint investigation by the UK and Australian data watchdogs.

03 November 2021

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

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