Katharine Kemp

online data privacy

An entire industry exists to trade on your personal data - everything from your shopping habits to your political views and medical conditions. The results can genuinely harm consumers.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the sheer dominance of Google and Facebook has distorted other businesses' ability to compete on their own merits.

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The ACCC would like closer scrutiny of digital platforms such as Facebook and Google – in particular with regards to user privacy, market power and operational algorithms.

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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.

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Consumers should not be blamed for failing to read online privacy policies. Instead, the system needs to be fixed.

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It is time the government used more accurate language so we can have a realistic debate about its plans for our personal information, write Katharine Kemp and David Vaile.