My Health Record Legislation Amended Following Data Privacy Backlash

The Federal Government will make amendments to protect data in its My Health Record system, to allay concerns about patient data following weeks of public backlash. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the changes on Tuesday night after discussions with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, which will strengthen…

Zuckerberg to Meet European Parliament Over Facebook Data Scandal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet leaders of the European Parliament, to discuss the improper use of millions of the social network users’ data in Europe. The parliament’s president Antonio Tajani said in a statement that Mr Zuckerberg would travel to Brussels “hopefully” as soon as next week, to answer questions about Cambridge…

Trump’s lawyer’s privacy claims over evidence attacked

A US prosecutor has attacked claims by Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, that many of the materials seized by the FBI this week from his office and home should remain private. Invoking attorney-client privilege, Mr Cohen argued that the materials seized as part of a criminal investigation contained sensitive material from his…

Are Smart Devices a Threat to Our Privacy?

This week Google launched several new smart devices, many of which it claims encompass Artificial Intelligence, raising questions about the security of personal information. These devices include the new Pixel 2 smartphone, Google Home devices and the virtual reality headset Daydream Viewer. The Google Home devices are said to contain Artificial Intelligence, given they can search…