GUEST OPINION by Steve Singer, Regional Vice President - Australia and New Zealand, Zscaler::It’s been a torrid year for cybersecurity infections, and the targets have been indiscriminate. It’s time we faced up to some ‘home truths’ about the situation,
Savage funding cuts to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) have undermined the ability for the Privacy Commissioner do his job effectively, according to the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF).
Digital freedoms and rights group, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), has called on the Attorney-General – George Brandis - to cease what it says is his “absurd
war of attrition” with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Ben Grubb, Fairfax technology journalist, requested Telstra provide his metadata. What followed has been an almost two year journey which is not over yet, with Telstra set to appeal a Privacy Commissioner ruling. At heart is the question about just what constitutes personal information?
An online dating company has been slammed by Australia's privacy commissioner after it breached privacy laws, with hackers accessing the personal information of about 254,000 Australians.
An 'own motion' investigation by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has found that Multicard - one of the companies that process applications for Maritime Security Identity Cards - had unlawfully disclosed applicants' personal information.
Not surprisingly the ACMA has found that last year's bungle by Telstra that exposed the details over 700,000 customers to public view on the Internet breached the Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) Code, but the current code does not enable it to impose any penalty on Telstra.
RailCorp didn't wait for the Privacy Commissioner's report before ceasing the sale of lost thumb drives.
News Ltd's online food property Taste suffered a breach sometime last week exposing details of a number of members. The breach and they way it has been handled has left a lot to be desired and the security and privacy of a lot of people in tatters.
Massive amounts of Vodafone customer information wasn't on the web after all, despite claims, although the Privacy Commissioner says Vodafone's security measures weren't at an 'appropriate level'.
Vodafone/VHA seems to have come off lightly from the Privacy Commissioner's investigation into the alleged leak of confidential customer information, but the Commissioner has not answered all the questions.
Vodafone has been seriously embarrassed by the leak of customer details, but there seems little prospect of more serious consequences for the company. That needs to change.
Australian authorities have decided not to prosecute Google for the 'inadvertent' collection of personal data by its Street View cars. Quite right too.
Google Australia remains a prosecution target of federal investigators over its systematic and unauthorised collection of personal data through its fleet of Street View cars, with the Australian Federal Police currently assessing advice on possible breaches of Commonwealth criminal law.
The Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN) has called for tighter co-ordination between organisations responsible for dealing with consumers' privacy complaints, after finding a huge disparity in their performance levels.
This week (May 2 to 8) is Privacy Awareness Week around the Asia Pacific and the region's privacy bodies have developed an online Q&A tool to help people assess how well they protect themselves against identity theft.
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