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WhatsApp users have 30 days to opt-out of information sharing with Facebook

WhatsApp has announced new terms and conditions which notify its approximately 1 billion users that it will share user information with its parent company, Facebook. Existing WhatsApp users have until 25 September to opt-out of sharing user information with Facebook, for ads and products experiences.

Ashley Madison commits to privacy

With the results of the Ashley Madison investigation now available, it’s important for all businesses to recognise that the personal information they collect is one of their biggest assets — and if breached, has the capacity to cause irreparable reputational damage, and significant cost.

Ashley Madison findings

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has released the final report on the Ashley Madison data breach which was a joint investigation with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

2016 Census

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has spoken to ABC Radio National about the 2016 Census and the recent privacy concerns. You can listen to the full interview on the ABC website.

Hello… is it me you’re looking for?

Many organisations may ask you to confirm your identity by providing personal information when you answer their call. This is a legitimate precaution by organisations, to make sure they’re not revealing private information to the wrong person.