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Online privacy knowledge essential for 13.3 million internet-connected Australians

As of the end of June this year, there were approximately 13.3 million people in Australia connected to the internet.

An increasing number of us are going online to complete day-to-day activities, from banking to grocery food shopping. At the same time, Internet of Things devices like movie streaming, fitness trackers and smart home appliances are becoming more regular features in people’s homes.

Digital devices and apps have the potential to make everyday tasks simpler. But remember, for these tools to work for you and personalise your experience, they need to know about you. 

Your right to know

This Wednesday 28 September is Right to Know Day which celebrates our right to access information and promotes government transparency.

Privacy shortcomings of Internet of Things businesses revealed

In April 2016, 25 privacy enforcement authorities from around the world looked into the way over 300 Internet of Things (IoT) devices communicate with their customers about privacy. In Australia we examined 45 different devices, including fitness and health monitors, ‘smart’ travel locks and thermostats, from both multinational and start-up businesses.

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.