• Stop your fridge spying on you

    Toby Walsh     |      April 27, 2022

    Big technology firms harvest your data from the plethora of cloud-connected devices you use every day to target advertising back at you, so we should at least be aware of how our privacy is invaded.

  • Tough new rules promised for tech privacy

    Katharine Kemp     |      October 29, 2021

    A proposed online privacy code would give consumers more control over how tech companies collect and use their data.

  • One simple rule to protect consumer privacy

    Katharine Kemp     |      August 18, 2021

    No major online marketplace in Australia respects the privacy of consumers. Letting customers opt out of data tracking would be a good start.

  • Private life dramas

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 22, 2021

    Commentators talk about individual privacy as if it is a sacred right which has to be protected but most people have few qualms concerning which organisations access their personal data.

  • Rethinking data and consent

    Dawn Lo     |      August 28, 2020

    People may consent to the use of their personal data, without being sufficiently aware or informed of the nature and extent of potential implications.

  • Protecting anonymous data

    Jessica Clarence     |      May 27, 2020

    The concerns raised by the COVIDSafe app suggest that Australians care a lot about privacy, at least when information to be held by the government is involved. Let’s turn that passion into action, starting with bolstering the privacy protections on large datasets.

  • Privacy v the pandemic

    Patrick Fair     |      April 17, 2020

    Government tracking of mobile phones could be a potent weapon against COVID-19 in helping to monitor possible contacts, however the use of such data raises a host of privacy questions.

  • Legislation + assessment = privacy

    Malcolm Crompton     |      April 9, 2020

    A formula to assess the privacy risks of information platforms could play a useful role in protecting the public, informing investors and shaping government policy.

  • Why the government’s proposed facial recognition database is causing a stir

    Sarah Moulds     |      October 26, 2019

    The Government’s proposed national identity-matching scheme must get the balance right when it comes to addressing identity crime and assisting law enforcement while protecting individual privacy.

  • Engineering consent

    Samantha Hoffman     |      October 21, 2019

    The Chinese Communist Party’s coercive and invasive technologies for monitoring public behaviour are being picked up by other authoritarian states around the world.

  • Privacy matters

    Malcolm Crompton     |      September 5, 2019

    Public concern about the use of their online data by technology corporations and the government continues to grow. The solution may not always require new controls and regulations, but the enforcement of current law in the new digital world.

  • Taking back our online privacy

    Katharine Kemp     |      August 21, 2019

    An entire industry exists to profile your life from your online data – everything from your shopping habits to your political views and medical conditions – and the results can cause genuine harm.