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Statistics on Australian Facebook users show no decrease in numbers since the Cambridge Analytica scandal first received public attention. AAP/LUONG THAI LINH

Why are Australians still using Facebook?

Some Australian Facebook users are more worried about over-sharing by friends than the privacy and security of their personal information.
Should privacy mean different things depending which side of the Atlantic you live on? pixinoo/Shutterstock.com

Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind

The European Union has issued its first fine, cracking down on companies that misuse users' personal data. Why hasn't the US taken a similarly strong approach?
Few health care professionals are currently tapping into smarthpone data to inform clinical decisions, but it could help. Shutterstock

Digital diagnosis: How your smartphone or wearable device could forecast illness

If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere, then the data it tracks could provide a comprehensive picture of your health – and alert you if it begins to deteriorate.
Smart meters promise lower bills, but could also reduce your privacy. AAP Image/David Crosling

Sharing your meter data might help cut your power bill, but it needs secure regulation

Smart meters are being rolled out across Australia, offering the opportunity to share data with third parties who promise to help you find a cheaper deal. But this requires strong consumer protection.
The Department of Home Affairs argues this new framework will not compel communications providers to build systemic weaknesses or vulnerabilities into their systems. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The devil is in the detail of government bill to enable access to communications data

The broad and ill-defined new powers outlined in the government's new telecommunications bill are neither necessary nor proportionate – and contain significant scope for abuse.

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