Region: Australia

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

Australian regulator gets Optus-linked budget boost as fines set to increase

Australia’s privacy regulator has received an additional A$5.5 million (€3.5 million) to fund its Optus breach investigation, and may be granted even higher fining powers than had previously been planned.

28 October 2022

Optus faces parallel Australian data breach investigations

Two Australian regulators are investigating the data handling practices of Optus following a breach that affected 9.8 million customers.

12 October 2022

Optus breach highlights gaps in Australian regulation

The Optus data breach has placed the information of 9.8 million people at risk, leaving stakeholders weighing their seemingly limited legal options.

30 September 2022

Google agrees to A$60 million fine

Google has agreed to pay the Australian consumer protection regulator A$60 million (€41.5 million) and overhaul its compliance programme after a court found that it misled users over its location data collection practices.

12 August 2022

Zoom hit with international privacy class action

Zoom is facing another class action lawsuit over its app’s collection and sharing of personal data, this time from users based in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

01 June 2022

Unlock unlimited access to all Global Data Review content