Angelene Falk

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Reports of data breaches have again risen under Australia’s mandatory reporting scheme, with the privacy watchdog warning of increasing incidence of human error exposing people’s personal information. The Office of the Australian Information Officer received 539 data breach notifications in the second half of last year, an increase of five

Australia’s privacy commissioner has ordered the Department of Home Affairs to pay compensation to nearly 1,300  immigration detention detainees whose personal information was mistakenly posted online in 2014. The decision on one of Australia’s most serious privacy breaches represents the first time compensation will be paid for non-economic loss from

Australia’s privacy regulator has called for a raft of changes to privacy law to ensure they remain “consistent with Australian values” and suitable for an increasingly digital world. But the watchdog stopped short of supporting GDPR style data regulation and consent management, as the government considers the biggest reforms to

Flight Centre breached its customers’ privacy when it disclosed the personal information of nearly 7,000 people, including thousands of passports and credit card numbers, during a hackathon event, the regulator has determined. But after paying for new passports for those affected and reviewing its governance, the travel provider faces no

Almost all Australians want more control and choice over the collection and use of their data as trust in organisations to handle personal information continues to decline. That’s one of the key takeaways from the national privacy regulator’s major survey, released today, as it prepares to reshape Australia’s laws for

Adtech’s opaque data collection practices are under the regulator’s microscope and targeted advertising could become opt-in only under potential reforms to Australia’s privacy law. Those are two of the possible changes highlighted by Anna Johnston, Principal of Salinger Privacy, one of Australia’s most respected experts in privacy law.  During a

Australia’s competition and privacy regulators today released their compliance and enforcement policy for the upcoming Consumer Data Right, opting for a “strategic risk-based” approach that will be updated regularly. In a joint announcement, the ACCC and the Office of The Australian Information Commissioner revealed it will have the right to

Australia’s national privacy regulator has said the conditions forced by the current pandemic have highlighted the value of online privacy. The watchdog also shared early findings from a major survey of Australian citizens’ attitude to privacy and revealed digital platforms will be under renewed scrutiny for their privacy practices in

Australia’s privacy regulator has welcomed the federal court’s decision to progress its landmark case against Facebook for alleged serious and repeated interference with Australian users’ privacy. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has been granted leave to serve legal documents on US-based Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland. Register

The number of data breaches reported to Australia’s privacy regulator rose 19 per cent in the last six months of 2019. Nearly two-thirds were caused by malicious or criminal attacks, including cyber incidents, and the health and finance sectors were again the worst offenders. Australia’s information and privacy regulator, the