online privacy

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

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There is no major online marketplace operating in Australia that sets a commendable standard for respecting consumers’ data privacy. Letting customers opt out of data tracking would be a good start.

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People have plenty of legitimate reasons to use encrypted communications platforms such as WhatsApp or Signal for their own security and privacy.

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Five years ago, Facebook gave away personal data of more than 300,000 Australians. They're about to have their day in court.

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Regulators are beginning to tackle big tech companies' hidden use of consumer data.

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Know your rights and stay on top of evolving terms of service when using social media, says Professor Kathy Bowrey from UNSW Law. 

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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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We can only consider the possibility of a universal constitution for the internet when we acknowledge the impact public and private choices have on shaping the web, write Lyria Bennett Moses and David Vaile.