Australia

AUSTRALIA: Review into Open Banking – Farrell Report released

Following in the footsteps of Governments across international borders, the results of the long-awaited and much discussed Review into Open Banking in Australia were released late on Friday, 9 February, 2018. The 158 page report recommends a model for the introduction of open banking as part of the broader ‘Consumer Data Right’ introduced by the …

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AUSTRALIA: Increased focus on global privacy and data protection for Australian organisations

By Sinead Lynch and Jessica Noakesmith Regulators around the world are, and will be, taking a much closer look at rules on the protection of individual personal data and the security of their citizen’s information. The onslaught of the new and arduous General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regime in Europe, the recent ‘protectionist’ changes to …

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AUSTRALIA: Privacy Awareness Week Update – Industry Debrief: Mapping the community’s privacy expectations

By Sinead Lynch and Jessica Noakesmith Today our Australian IPT team attended the ‘Industry Debrief: Mapping the community’s privacy expectations’ presented by the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, and Principal from The Wallis Group, Jayne Van Souwe. We heard some of the key issues raised by the 2017 Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy …

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AUSTRALIA: Mandatory data breach reporting comes to Australia

By Peter Jones (Partner, Sydney) and Josephine Gardiner (Associate, Sydney) After a gestation period that would make African Bush Elephants proud, it is finally here… It would be an understatement to say that data breach notification laws have been on the table for some years in Australia. The long-awaited mandatory data breach laws, which passed …

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Australia Strengthens Privacy Laws: The Implementation Period Will Fly By, Companies Doing Business in Australia Take Note

Finally, the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 (Bill) passed on 29 November in Australia, which, as noted in an earlier update, significantly toughen the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and increase the obligations on organizations (both government agencies and businesses) that collect or deal with personal information in Australia or from Australian residents. The Privacy Commissioner, Mr Timothy Pilgrim, said of …

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Mobile Apps and Privacy — A Global Issue: Are you in Compliance with Australian Privacy Law?

By Alec Christie At the end of October, we talked about the California Attorney General’s enforcement of its privacy laws against mobile app providers, noting that the California AG sent letters to numerous mobile app providers alleging that they were in violation of California law by failing to maintain a privacy policy for the app. We emphasized that app providers should …

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