Region: Australia

Google faces increased pressure over Australian data practices

Australia’s antitrust and consumer watchdog is piling on enforcement against Google – this time over allegations that it collected and used personal information without explicit consent.

27 July 2020

Clearview faces joint UK and Australian investigation

The UK and Australian data watchdogs have launched a joint investigation into Clearview AI’s controversial scraping of biometric data – the latest in a string of probes the company has faced.

09 July 2020

Google/Fitbit deal faces resistance over data acquisition

Google’s proposed acquisition of wearables company Fitbit is facing multiple roadblocks over the “trove” of health data it may obtain as part of the purchase.

18 June 2020

Contact-tracing approaches diverge worldwide

As governments and people across the world seek an exit strategy to coronavirus lockdown, contact tracing apps have been touted as a powerful tool – but data privacy concerns have led to differing approaches by health authorities.

06 May 2020

How Singapore is leading the way in Asia-Pacific data trade

The conclusion of negotiations for a digital trade agreement between Singapore and Australia demonstrates an ever-increasing emphasis in the region on data flows as a core component of international trade.

08 April 2020

GDPR roundup: biometrics, access rights, certification and cooperation

GDR’s latest roundup of news from European enforcers looks at regulatory developments regarding the use of biometric data, steps towards GDPR certification, subjects’ access rights and international cooperation.

10 March 2020

Australian regulator sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

The Australian data watchdog is seeking to fine Facebook over its alleged “systemic” data protection failures during the high-profile Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018.

09 March 2020

Australian regulator probes Google/Fitbit

Australia’s competition authority has launched an informal investigation into Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, on the same day that the authority’s head spoke about the difficulties in assessing mergers in the digital sector.

28 February 2020

Australian watchdog releases consumer data right privacy guidelines

Australia’s data watchdog has released guidance for businesses on how to protect consumers’ privacy under the country’s new consumer data right.

25 February 2020

Australian financial sector boosts cybersecurity

Australia’s financial services regulator has found that regulated firms have strengthened their cybersecurity programmes over the past two years – but supply chain risk continues to be a concern.

19 December 2019

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