Some Australian Facebook users are more worried about over-sharing by friends than the privacy and security of their personal information.
When you share your genetic data – even with the NHS – you don't know where it will end up, or how it will be used.
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?
Experts describe their research into how smartphones collect and share private personal information with tracking companies and advertisers.
Websites are trying to get around GDPR rules on giving you control over your data.
Tech companies have vowed to do better when it comes to using data ethically, but most ethics initiatives are neither enforced nor enforceable.
Blockchain data is unchangeable, which is a problem when privacy laws require companies to delete data once it’s served its purpose.
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.
The government has rejected a call to extend the My Health Record opt-out period while amendments are made to ensure the privacy and security of the system.
Allowing the police unfettered use of vast databases of information will begin to tilt the balance of power towards totalitarianism.
An offer that appears beneficial on the surface, but can lead to unintended negative consequences is called a "perverse incentive".
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.
What to make of Grindr's acquisition by a Chinese corporate group.
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.
The succession of data access legislation in the Australian parliament is fast becoming a Mad Hatter's tea party. We need better oversight, and fast.
If we want My Health Record data to be made available for medical research we need to make it opt in, not opt out. We'll have a smaller dataset, but at least it will be ethically defensible.
Personal data is sold, bought and traded among companies all the time. But what if the companies profiting from your data had to pay you a share of that earning?
Three trends suggest people in less developed nations – who are coming online in greater numbers – use and trust the internet very differently those in more developed economies.
Unless you take action to remove yourself before October 15, the federal government will make a digital copy of your medical record, store it centrally, and give numerous people access to it.
My Health Record is a step towards empowering patients with greater knowledge about their health – and could help save lives in emergencies.