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  • The CJEU Ruling and Australia’s Data Retention Plans

    Following the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruling the EU’s Data Retention Directive violates EU law, Angela Daly and Sean Rintel of Electronic Frontiers Australia write for The Sydney Morning Herald that the ruling “comes at an important point in the data retention debate in Australia” in the midst of its own data retention discussions. Daly and Rintel suggest, “If the UK decides to include more accountability in its data retention implementation as a result of the CJEU ruling, this might bode well for Australian civil liberties—but given the fragmented response so far from European countries, arguably the time to look for models is over. It is time for Australians to take their own rights seriously.”
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  • ACCC Admits To Breach; Edwards To Meet with ACC

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a statement indicating “personal data collected by several of its websites had been placed online," The Australian Financial Review reports. “The e-mail addresses of some subscribers to the ACCC’s information alert services were inadvertently made accessible online,” the ACCC said, noting the problem has been addressed but it is not clear how many users were affected. In a separate incident, Radio New Zealand News reports Privacy Commissioner John Edwards was scheduled to meet with Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) “following revelations ACC sent sensitive information to prospective employers after its clients signed a privacy waiver form.” Meanwhile, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim “will not be investigating organisations vulnerable to Heartbleed, unless there are allegations that private information has been taken,” ZD Net reports. Also in Australia, a clinical picture-sharing app for smartphones and tablets is raising privacy concerns, and The Age reports, "Victorian Liberals have launched an investigation into an unprecedented privacy breach, whereby forces within its own ranks tried to manipulate a ballot determining control of the party's organisational wing.”
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  • Casinos, Others Consider Upgrading Facial Recognition Technology

    The South China Morning Post reports on casinos in Macau as well as companies in Hong Kong “looking to upgrade their face-recognition surveillance systems, making it easier for staff to know a customer's age, gender and spending habits the moment they walk in the door.” However, the report states, NEC, the company behind the technology “has refused to reveal basic details about the biometric system … raising concerns about potential privacy breaches and mistaken identity, also known as false positives.” Meiji University Prof. Andrew Adams cautions customers could find it “creepy” if staff members they’ve never met before begin greeting them by name.
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  • Opinion: Businesses Should Collect Data

    In a feature for The Nation, IPG Mediabrands Thailand’s Maas Virajoti writes about marketers’ focus on Big Data utilisation, suggesting the use of Big Data can benefit Thai companies as well. “A good example of a company that has successfully utilised Big Data is Walmart,” Virajoti writes, suggesting, “Walmart integrated the usage of Big Data to improve less popular brick-and-mortar stores in the midst of the e-commerce age. With Big Data, Walmart was able to preempt exactly what consumers wanted, needed and eventually craved.”
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