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The U.S. could soon catch up to the European Union in protecting people’s data privacy. Teera Konakan/Moment via Getty Images

A new US data privacy bill aims to give you more control over information collected about you – and make businesses change how they handle data

Data collection is big business in the US, but a bipartisan data privacy bill rapidly moving through Congress promises to affect the information websites, social media platforms and all other businesses collect.
Of the 23 recommendations made in the ACCC’s final report, the government supported six in their entirety, ten “in principle”, “noted” five and rejected two. shutterstock

The federal government’s response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry is a let down

The ACCC’s inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia’s businesses and media.
The Privacy Act gives you the right to find out what’s in your credit report and change any incorrect information in your report. from www.shutterstock.com

Your credit report is a key part of your privacy – here’s how to find and check it

Checking your credit report is a good way to ensure that incorrect information is not listed against you, and can protect you against identity theft.
Who will keep our selfies safe? www.david baxendale.com/Flickr

Civil action is the big stick needed to protect our privacy

Never mind the celebrities; let’s say you and I had naked photos of ourselves (selfie-steams) floating in Apple’s iCloud. If somehow those photos were exposed, we would have little recourse under Australia’s…
More formal decisions are required to shine a light on how privacy law is applied. Shutterstock

Privacy law is toothless without greater transparency

What does privacy mean in an age of ongoing privacy breaches? With new privacy law coming online in Australia on March 12, our Privacy in Practice series explores the practical challenges facing Australian…
Will the Privacy Act protect you from being identified by your mobile phone address? Santos "Grim Santo" Gonzalez/Flickr

Mobile phone tracking: it’s not personal

What does privacy mean in an age of ongoing privacy breaches? With new privacy law coming online in Australia on March 12, our Privacy in Practice series explores the practical challenges facing Australian…
Data breaches often go undiscovered for years. www.shutterstock.com

When data privacy goes missing, will the regulators hear it cry?

What does privacy mean in an age of ongoing privacy breaches? With new privacy law coming online in Australia on March 12, our Privacy in Practice series explores the practical challenges facing Australian…
In the age of Edward Snowden regulators and the public are rethinking privacy. Abode of Chaos/Flickr

Redefining privacy in the age of Edward Snowden

What does privacy mean in an age of ongoing privacy breaches? With new privacy law coming online in Australia on March 12, our Privacy in Practice series explores the practical challenges facing Australian…
New privacy rules are coming, and Australian websites will have to smarten up their act. http://heatherbuckley.co.uk

Value your privacy? Few Australian websites do

On March 12 2014, the way Australian organisations will have to handle online privacy is going to change significantly. We investigated whether these organisations are ready and found in most cases, they’re…
UAVs as small as 10cm by 2.5cm are already in use for surveillance by the military. What are the privacy implications if these devices become easily accessible? Defence Images/Flickr

Amazon’s eyes in the sky and pig farmers might fly

What happens when an Amazon drone drops through your roof or lands on the neighbour’s toddler while delivering a parcel? Can an unhappy pig farmer shoot down a drone operated by animal rights activists…

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