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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

Australia’s privacy regulator received several queries about the controversial COVIDSafe mobile app but no formal complaints within the first six months of its use. The regulator has also not been notified of any data breaches related to the contact tracing app. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner today released

The long awaited review of Australia’s privacy laws began today with the release of an issues paper and terms of reference. The government committed to reviewing the legislation following a landmark review of digital platforms which found systemic problems, including limited privacy protections in Australia. Critics of the legislation argue

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

COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of the right to privacy and the need for transparency from government and data collectors, according to the information and privacy regulator who this week again pushed for a regulatory approach more suitable to the digital age. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will

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