Cambridge Analytica scandal: Watchdog given green light to pursue Facebook

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: Online : 24-Apr-20

The Federal Court has given the Australian Information & Privacy Commissioner the go-ahead to serve legal documents on Facebook Incorporated and Facebook Ireland. The Information Commissioner is targeting Facebook over claims that the personal data of more than 300,000 Australians was breached as part of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook is facing possible fines of over $1 billion under Australian privacy laws; it has already been fined $5 billion by US regulators.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK IRELAND, CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA LLC, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

Australian privacy watchdog launches court action against Facebook over Cambridge Analytica access

Original article by Jack Snape, Ariel Bogle
abc.net au – Page: Online : 10-Mar-20

The Australian Information Commissioner has taken social media firm Facebook to the Federal Court for allegedly breaching the privacy of around 311,127 Australians in regard to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Commissioner has stated that the court can impose a fine of up to $1.7 million for each "serious and repeated" offence. The UK privacy watchdog has previously fined Facebook Stg500,000 billion ($998,000) over the Cambridge Analytica episode, while a US Federal Trade Commission investigation resulted in Facebook paying US5 billion ($7.64 billion) over allegations that it duped users over their ability to control personal information.

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AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA LLC, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

Google faces court case over misled users

Original article by David Swan, Elias Visontay
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 30-Oct-19

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has launched legal action against digital giant Google for misleading users of Android smartphones with regard to the amount of data it collects and how the data would be used. Amongst other things, the ACCC contends that Google failed to inform consumers that it would continue to receive location data from their smartphones if they switched off the ‘location history’ option. Google faces potential fines of up to $10m or 10 per cent of its annual turnover if the alleged breaches of Australian consumer law are proven in the Federal Court.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

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

Facebook listened in on private talk

Original article by David Swan
The Australian – Page: 3 : 16-Aug-19

The Irish Data Protection Commission is investigating whether Facebook and other technology companies have breached EU privacy rules. This follows revelations they listened in on anonymous audio conversations in order to improve their products. Daniel Muchow, from Sydney company Risk-Logic, says the eavesdropping was a further example of Facebook taking advantage of user data for its own benefit, while he contends Facebook is "milking user apathy".

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IRISH DATA PROTECTION COMMISSION, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, RISK-LOGIC

Facebook’s $7bn fine piques the interest of Privacy Commissioner

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: Online : 12-Aug-19

Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk launched an investigation into Facebook Australia in 2018. This followed the latter revealing up to 311,000 Australians might have had their personal data "improperly shared" by Cambridge Analytica. Falk, who was a key adviser to ACCC chairman Rod Sims on his report into digital platforms and their impact on traditional media, says the investigation is a "matter of great priority" for her office. She notes with interest the recent $US7 billion fine that the US Federal Trade Commission imposed on Facebook in the wake of a number of privacy violations by it, including the Cambridge Analytica leak.

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AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA LLC, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

Privacy warning on Facebook currency

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 4 : 6-Aug-19

An Australian-led initiative has seen privacy regulators from around the world write an open letter to Facebook, in which they voice concerns about its proposed Libra digital currency. The letter states that Facebook has not provided sufficient information on how Libra would protect the data of Facebook users. They are also concerned that Facebook has indicated that it intends to promote the use of Libra in developing countries, many of which lack suitable data protection regulations.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL PRIVACY COMMISSIONER, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

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