Chinese regulator says apps are collecting excessive personal data

(Aug 16, 2019) Tech in Asia reports China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team has told app operators to reevaluate the types and amounts of personal data being collected from users. The regulator noted in its half-year report that apps were found to be over-collecting personal data, which is a problem that needs immediate attention. "A large number of apps exhibit abnormal behavior, such as detecting other apps or reading and writing user device files, posing a potential security thre... Read More

Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 16 Aug. 2019

(Aug 15, 2019) Dear, friends. Happy 73rd Independence Day to all Indian readers, and wishes and greetings to everyone! In his first written interview to media after beginning his second term, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed government efforts to drive reforms that provide stability to the market and drive investment to make India a business destination. When asked about “data privacy, protection and its commercial exploitation,” the PM responded, “We believe that personal data protection for ev... Read More

ACCC chairman probing big tech over consumer privacy concerns

(Aug 15, 2019) Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims has revealed that his office has five investigations in progress that are looking into competition and privacy concerns existing with big tech companies, like Facebook and Google, ZDNet reports. While the results of the investigation have yet to materialize, Sims said taking the platforms to court will create the appropriate regulation they'll need to abide by. "These are more important than the level of penalties," Sims said. "Onc... Read More

NZ airline hit with data breach affecting 112K

(Aug 15, 2019) Air New Zealand has experienced a data breach that affected approximately 112,000 Airpoints customers, Stuff reports. A phishing attack exposed information that potentially includes customers' names, emails and Airpoints numbers. Air New Zealand reported the incident to New Zealand's Office of the Privacy Commissioner of the breach 31 July, but customers were only informed 9 Aug. A spokeswoman for the airline apologized for the "inconvenience" the breach may cause but did not explain the details... Read More

High court scrutinizes Indian bank for financial data consent issues

(Aug 15, 2019) The Hindu reports the Delhi High Court has called the Reserve Bank of India "callous" and "negligent" for its lack of response to a consumer petition regarding the data misuse and improper customer information sharing. The petition sought to have the bank require customer consent when sharing clients' Permanent Account Numbers and financial transaction data with credit rating agencies. The court is demanding that the bank respond to the petition before the next hearing 11 Oct.Full Story... Read More

Auckland Transport has not yet contacted NZ privacy commissioner on CCTV plans

(Aug 15, 2019) New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has yet to hear from Auckland Transport about its plans to install thousands of closed-circuit TV cameras around the city, Radio New Zealand reports. While Auckland Transport has reportedly considered and reviewed privacy related to the cameras, Edwards said his office has not been consulted on any such review. Edwards said in addition to being clued in to the results of the review, his office "would expect the privacy impact assessment and response ... Read More

NTC seeks curtailed vehicle data collection in Australia

(Aug 15, 2019) ZDNet reports Australia's National Transport Commission has called for new regulations that would limit the government's collection of vehicle data. The NTC has been examining government access to the data and whether the current collection methods carry sufficient privacy protections. "Data generated by these technologies has the potential to inform and enhance government decision making, but at the same time this technology raises potential new privacy challenges for individuals," the NTC wrot... Read More

Increased digital services raise data privacy concerns in China

(Aug 15, 2019) Abacus reports Chinese consumers are enjoying the benefits and ease of digital services but also coming around to the data privacy concerns that come with them. Data use in the digital economy is chief among concerns as detailed personal information is being gathered for simple online purchases, like movie tickets or food. Also, the China Consumers Association recently noted that a large number of mobile apps were pulling too much data, including user location, contact lists and mobile numbers. ... Read More

PTV found in breach of state data protection law

(Aug 15, 2019) ZDNet reports the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner has ruled Public Transport Victoria violated the state's Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. The violation occurred when PTV released data exposing travel history of 15.2 million myki cards. The history included date and time, location information, card identifier and card type, allowing for re-identification. OVIC confirmed its finding in a report, which PTV refuted the findings of. "PTV's view is that there has been no breach... Read More

Study: Implementing an IG network is main priority for businesses

(Aug 13, 2019) Implementing an information governance network is the main priority for organizations in Australia and New Zealand, according to the 2019 Information Governance ANZ industry survey results. Respondents identified three key areas of IG projects: good business management practices; external regulatory, compliance or legal obligations; and internal technology restructuring or transition. More than 40% of 340 respondents said privacy regulatory changes, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulat... Read More