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Businesses need to consult customers to work out what is reasonable when it comes to using and securing their data. www.shutterstock.com

Business Briefing: Trusting business to take care of your data

Business Briefing: Trusting business to take care of your data. The Conversation14.7 MB (download)
Businesses need to take the lead to show customers and governments that industry can handle data management, says former ACCC chief Graeme Samuel.
The ABS has safeguards to protect privacy and secure data collected in the census. AAP/Alan Porritt

Census 2016: should you be concerned about your privacy?

Privacy fears over longer retention of names and addresses in Census 2016 are understandable, but are also misinformed and exaggerated.
Who has your personal data, and how secure is it? Do you even know? Card and lock image from shutterstock.com

Big data security problems threaten consumers’ privacy

How should we address growing concerns about information security without denying society the benefits big data can bring?
If you’ve been hacked or had your identity stolen, time is of the essence when it comes to minimising the damage. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

The first 72 hours are critical for hacking victims

Preventing and responding to the hacking epidemic is not a problem for one group or organisation to solve. And what happens in the first 72 hours can make all the difference.
The consent policies of popular websites would take a month to read. Perhaps including a sign like this would be a simpler solution. Shutterstock

Personal privacy is eroding as consent policies of Google and Facebook evoke ‘fantasy world’

We live in a world increasingly dominated by our personal data. Some of those data we choose to reveal, for example, through social media, email and the billions – yes, billions – of messages, photos and…
Is it a crime scene or just a store checkout? Could be both. Marlith

After a data breach, it’s consumers left holding the bag

Shoppers have launched into the holiday buying season and retailers are looking forward to year-end sales that make up almost 20% of their annual receipts. But as you check out at a store or click “purchase…
Listening in to a conversation can be easy if you have the right code in place. A. Strakey/Flickr

Sound advice – a new way to eavesdrop on Nexus phones

You don’t have to look far to see how many ways criminals can exploit mobile devices for nefarious purposes. From simple phishing scams to creating fake Wi-Fi networks, the methods in which data can be…
With a few lines of code, cyber criminals and governments have able to infiltrate the security of banks and retailers and steal hundreds of millions in customer records. Shutterstock

JPMorgan hack signals banks and retailers can do more to keep our data safe

JPMorgan Chase early last month disclosed that cyber thieves pilfered account data on 76 million households and seven million small businesses over the summer, one of the biggest breaches ever and only…

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