Your data at risk in takeovers

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 21-Aug-19

Foreign Investment Review Board chairman David Irvine has stressed the need to closely scrutinise foreign bids for companies that own data centres or hold Australians’ personal data. Irvine has used an Australia China Business Council speech to argue that data must be afforded the same level of protection as critical infrastructure such as ports, water supply and the power sector. He added that the FIRB’s tougher stance on the issue of data security has not attracted much concern among foreign investors.

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AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, AUSTRALIA CHINA BUSINESS COUNCIL, AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION, AUSTRALIAN SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, AUSTRALIA. CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR, SIRTEX MEDICAL LIMITED, NATURE’S CARE, LIFE-SPACE GROUP, HEALIUS LIMITED – ASX HLS, JANGHO GROUP, AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE LIMITED

Open banking delayed due to data concerns

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 4-Jul-19

The federal government’s open banking regime is slated to begin on 1 February 2020, although this will require the Consumer Data Right bill to be passed by the end of July. Shadow financial services minister Stephen Jones says Labor has some concerns about how customers’ data is used and retained under the new regime, which will need to be addressed if Labor is to support the legislation. Jones has questioned whether there will be sufficient time to pass the bill before parliament rises for the winter break.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG

Banks on right track with open banking, says APRA chairman Byres

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 25-Feb-19

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byres says the nation’s banks are working hard to meet the schedule for implementing the open banking regime. The first phase of open banking, part of the federal government’s consumer data right program, takes effect on 1 July. Byres told a Senate committee hearing on 21 February that the banks are concerned about greater information security risks as a result of open banking being introduced, as well as the use of derived data, which he says they regard as their intellectual property.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN BANKING ASSOCIATION

E-health record in need of overhaul

Original article by Supratim Adhikari
The Australian – Page: 23 : 5-Feb-19

Head and neck surgeon Elizabeth Sigston does not believe that there should be any sharing of people’s medical records. Sigston says the $2 billion My Health Record system remains riddled with complexity, and she is very concerned about the proposed Data Sharing and Release Act, warning that it has the potential to override the Privacy Act. She says the risks associated with sharing data is most acute when it comes to genomic data, which the MHR is able to store. John Sutton of Armstrong Legal says there is no need for MHR data to be shared with third parties.

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ARMSTRONG LEGAL, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HEALTH

Tech experts opt out of My Health system

Original article by Bo Seo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 31-Jan-19

Australians must choose whether to opt out of the federal government’s controversial My Health Record system by 31 January. Data security and privacy concerns have prompted a number of people in the technology sector to opt out of the system, including Freelancer CEO and founder Matt Barrie, who says the government has done an "abysmal job" of protecting Australians’ privacy. Cyber security expert Vijay Varadharajan has also chosen to opt out, although Cyber Security Research Centre CEO Rachael Falk has opted in.

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FREELANCER LIMITED – ASX FLN, CYBER SECURITY RESEARCH CENTRE, AIRTREE VENTURES PTY LTD, MICROSOFT CORPORATION, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

Hacking risks higher under open banking

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 24-Jan-19

The Australian Banking Association has expressed concern that theft of personal data and email scams will become rife under the federal government’s open banking regime. Open banking is slated to begin on 1 February 2020, with a pilot program to commence in July 2019. The ABA’s submission to the Treasury’s draft report on open banking has called for the terms of reference for the pilot program to include an assessment of the potential privacy risks.

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AUSTRALIAN BANKING ASSOCIATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

Dutton slams tech giants over encryption laws

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 11-Oct-18

The federal government continues to face opposition to its proposed digital encryption laws. However, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton argues that the laws are necessary due to the growing use of encryption services by criminals and terrorists, adding that existing laws are inadequate to deal with such technologies. Dutton has also noted that Silicon Valley-based technology companies are among the biggest critics of the proposed laws, despite their poor track record in protecting personal data.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (AUSTRALIA), AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, GOOGLE INCORPORATED

Tech giants face $10m fines under security laws

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 14-Aug-18

The federal government will introduce new laws that aim to boost efforts to detect terrorist and criminal activity via electronic surveillance. The laws, which were developed in consultation with telcos, internet firms and telecommunications device makers, include fines of up to $10 million for companies that refuse to provide access to secret data. They have been introduced after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull complained in 2017 that terrorists and criminals are using secret message services such as WhatsApp to avoid surveillance; he promised to take action to require technology firms to work with law enforcement agencies to detect such activity.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION, AUSTRALIAN SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, AUSTRALIAN SIGNALS DIRECTORATE, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT