DGA News & Resources

Update Consumer Data Right consultation: October 2018

Update Consumer Data Right consultation: October 2018

Both Treasury and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission have been conducting ongoing consultations on the Consumer Data Right. With the next round of submissions about to close, we examine both the past and the future of this consultation process.

Data Governance Australia – what is our purpose?

Data Governance Australia – what is our purpose?

DGA appeals to all organisations that hold and use data – and, in particular, Chief Data Officers, Chief Privacy Officers, Chief Risk Officers, General Counsel, Compliance Officers, Cybersecurity leaders and the like.  It is also equally important that Non-Executive Directors, CEOs and other C-suite executives are across data issues, as these increasingly impact every facet of business.

My Health Record – the latest in the ongoing debate

My Health Record – the latest in the ongoing debate

The My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018 was before both the House of Representatives and the Senate on 19 September 2018. The House of Representatives agreed to a third reading and the Senate moved the second reading of the Bill.

Employees Cause Majority of Notifiable Data Breaches

Employees Cause Majority of Notifiable Data Breaches

Privacy regulator, OAIC, releases first Quarterly Report into the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme, revealing majority of notifiable data breaches are caused by employees and human error.

The Limits of Consent

The Limits of Consent

A recent decision in a privacy case challenges the limits of consent, suggesting consumer consent does not validate over-collection of personal information and cannot override an entity’s requirement to only collect the personal information reasonably necessary for its functions and activities

CLOUD Moots Microsoft Case

CLOUD Moots Microsoft Case

The long-awaited decision between Microsoft and the US Justice Department about cross-border access to data will be waited no more, with the US Supreme Court declaring there is no longer a case to decide following the passage of the CLOUD Act.

Facebook scandal reveals urgent need for greater data transparency, trust and ethics

Facebook scandal reveals urgent need for greater data transparency, trust and ethics

Greater data use relies on improved consumer understanding and control, and a higher standard of ethics

DGA Board reiterates its purpose and sets a path for increased momentum

DGA Board reiterates its purpose and sets a path for increased momentum

On 16 April 2018 the DGA Board held a day-long workshop to renew its strategy for DGA, setting its direction and priorities for the year ahead, and reiterating DGA’s long term goals.

Research Findings Overview – Consumer Attitudes Towards Privacy

Research Findings Overview – Consumer Attitudes Towards Privacy

The research undertaken by DGA and ADMA is the first research into consumer attitudes to be conducted on a global scale

Customer Data Right & Review into Open Banking in Australia

Customer Data Right & Review into Open Banking in Australia

The Government has decided that the Customer Data Right (CD-R) will be implemented economy-wide on a sector-by-sector basis, initially in the banking, energy, and telecommunications sectors

Code Enforcement Delayed

Code Enforcement Delayed

the DGA Board unanimously passed a vote to delay the enforcement provisions of the DGA Code of Practice

The Australian privacy agency is investigating Facebook

The Australian privacy agency is investigating Facebook

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has announced it is conducting a formal investigation into Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica scandal

ACCC Inquiry into Digital Platforms Consultation: 13 April 2018

ACCC Inquiry into Digital Platforms Consultation: 13 April 2018

DGA will consult with members in relation to the issues raised in the Issues Paper and will provide a response to the ACCC.

Regulation of (Borderless) Data

Regulation of (Borderless) Data

How laws or regulations limited to clearly defined borders effectively govern borderless issues is becoming increasingly complex

Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme Commences but Awareness and Preparedness is Low

Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme Commences but Awareness and Preparedness is Low

We are just about two weeks into Australia’s first laws that require entities to notify individuals and the OAIC of certain types of data breaches.

Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner departs

Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner departs

Although this book doesn’t specifically focus on data governance, “Who Can You Trust” reveals some timely lessons on trust.

China Releases New Personal Information Privacy Standards

China Releases New Personal Information Privacy Standards

On 25th January 2018, the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) released the final version of the Personal Information Security Specification. 

Government Sends Clear Message About Importance of Customer Data Security

Government Sends Clear Message About Importance of Customer Data Security

Attorney-General and Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security send a message that cyber security and data security is on the Government’s agenda

Book review: ‘Who Can You Trust?’

Book review: ‘Who Can You Trust?’

Although Rachel Botsman’s 2017 book “Who Can You Trust?” is not specifically about data governance, it reveals some very relevant lessons for data governance professionals.

Sharing without caring: The challenges of an open-data economy

Sharing without caring: The challenges of an open-data economy

With the rapid growth of the open-data economy, businesses need to ensure that they stay ahead of changing technologies to avoid unintended consequences.

Good privacy is good for business, says Cisco study

Good privacy is good for business, says Cisco study

Coinciding with Data Privacy Day (28 Jan), Cisco released their annual Privacy Maturity Benchmark study, highlighting the importance of good privacy process in business.

New initiatives for DGA members

New initiatives for DGA members

DGA has introduced some exciting new initiatives to ensure its members are kept abreast of new developments in data governance and related areas.

Millennials don’t care about privacy because they share (or overshare) their life on social media, or so we are told

Millennials don’t care about privacy because they share (or overshare) their life on social media, or so we are told

Millennials are generally seen as ‘oversharers’ and there is a general assumption that they’re not concerned about privacy. But is that really the case?

Coming Soon: Consumer Data Right and the Government’s Response to the PC Report

Coming Soon: Consumer Data Right and the Government’s Response to the PC Report

On 26 November 2017 the Government announced that it will legislate a national Consumer Data Right in 2018, allowing customers open access to their data.

DGA Hosts Digital Economy Strategy Roundtable

DGA Hosts Digital Economy Strategy Roundtable

As a key stakeholder in the digital economy, DGA is participating in the consultation process with the Federal Government on developing a national Digital Economy Strategy.

Australia to Participate in APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules

Australia to Participate in APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules

On 23 November 2017 the Attorney General’s Department announced that Australia will participate in the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules. The announcement follows public consultation with industry stakeholders in July 2017.

Data Governance Australia launches new Code of Practice to protect consumer data

Data Governance Australia launches new Code of Practice to protect consumer data

DGA’s new Code of Practice, the first of its kind in Australia, is aimed at self-regulating the practice of data governance across all Australian businesses. Read the press release…

Cybersecurity and privacy: it takes two to tango!

Cybersecurity and privacy: it takes two to tango!

With vast amounts of data generated via the increasing number of connected devices, new methods and technologies need to be implemented for data security and protection. This is where the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) steps in.

Consumers value trust over convenience

Consumers value trust over convenience

Trust is more important to Australian consumers than convenience, as a highly popular new messaging app has learned recently.

Your voice in Canberra: DGA meets with Government

Your voice in Canberra: DGA meets with Government

Read about DGA’s recent meetings with various Government Departments and Ministers.

DGA Code of Practice update

DGA Code of Practice update

Public Consultation on the Draft DGA Code of Practice closed on 26th July 2017. Find out what’s next here.

Draft APS Privacy Governance Code revealed

Draft APS Privacy Governance Code revealed

The OAIC has revealed the Draft APS Privacy Governance Code. The Commissioner is now seeking feedback about the Code, so have your say.

Share your thoughts on the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules

Share your thoughts on the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules

The APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules facilitate the flow of personal information across borders. Provide feedback about the rules today.

DGA meets with PM&C Taskforce to discuss Data Portability

DGA meets with PM&C Taskforce to discuss Data Portability

DGA representatives discussed Data Portability and the DGA’s Draft Code of Practice with the PM&C Taskforce to ensure an effective self-regulatory regime.

Avoidable data breaches threaten innovation in health sector

Avoidable data breaches threaten innovation in health sector

Sixty per cent of data breaches are due to human error. Avoidable breaches are threatening innovation, especially in the health sector.

DGA Chairman delivers  National Press Club Address

DGA Chairman delivers National Press Club Address

DGA Chairman, Graeme Samuel AC, delivered an address to the National Press Club on the balancing act of consumer protection and benefits of data innovation.

Three Pitfalls marketers encounter when they collect data

Three Pitfalls marketers encounter when they collect data

It would be a big mistake to assume that consumers are willing to write brands a blank cheque when it comes to the use of personal data. Instead marketers need to work harder than ever to build trust amongst customers and prospects of the brands they represent.

DGA discusses Productivity Commission’s Final Report at Roundtable with Government’s new Taskforce

DGA discusses Productivity Commission’s Final Report at Roundtable with Government’s new Taskforce

Recently the Government established a Data Availability & Use Taskforce (“Taskforce”) within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

OIAC Draft Guidelines for Mandatory Data Breach Scheme

OIAC Draft Guidelines for Mandatory Data Breach Scheme

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released business resources for the new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme set to commence in 2018. 

DGA meets with Government to discuss Code of Practice and PC Report

DGA meets with Government to discuss Code of Practice and PC Report

During May, Jodie Sangster (CEO) and Irene Halforty (Legal & Regulatory Affairs Manager) were in Canberra as part of DGA’s advocacy strategy, for a series of high-level government meetings.

Privacy vs convenience: a ‘smart’ trade-off?

Privacy vs convenience: a ‘smart’ trade-off?

We live in the era of convenience – smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) make consumers’ lives so much easier and more convenient. But at what cost?

Three reasons consumers will share their data – and three reasons they will not

Three reasons consumers will share their data – and three reasons they will not

In a digital economy consumers often give up part of their personal data for added benefits. Here are the top 3 reasons why consumers will share their data.

A transparent Code

A transparent Code

Being clear about your purpose is important to people and industry bodies alike. As you read this, the DGA team is deep into the late stages of development for our Code of Practice.

DGA goes to Canberra

DGA goes to Canberra

Having clear links to and solid relationships with Government is a vital part of DGA’s purpose, especially at a time of digital transformations.

DGA Working groups assist the Board

DGA Working groups assist the Board

As part of the DGA’s commitment to members, we have formed a number of Board Advisory Committees (BACs) to report directly to the DGA Board and ensure focus on data issues that affect Australian businesses now and into the future.

Privacy, metadata and the new landscape

Privacy, metadata and the new landscape

On 19 January the Federal Court of Australia handed down its long-awaited decision in the Privacy Commissioner’s submission: Grubb vs Telstra – a case of some significance to privacy.

The art of building consumer trust

The art of building consumer trust

In the age of data, building consumer trust is imperative for businesses to survive. So what is the key to building trust?

Privacy Amendment: The Law Explained webinar

Privacy Amendment: The Law Explained webinar

If you missed this practical and informative webinar on the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016, watch it now to catch up on all the information you need to know.

Privacy Amendment Passes

Privacy Amendment Passes

On Monday 13 February, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016, passed in the Senate with support from both sides of the aisle.

Predictions for 2017

Predictions for 2017

2017 is set to be an interesting year for data: decisions around sharing, managing consumer trust, merging technologies and increasing consumer understanding will propel further forward the current data revolution. These are our predictions for the year ahead.

Privacy Amendment Bill 2016: cause and effect

Privacy Amendment Bill 2016: cause and effect

Amendments to two key pieces of legislation relating to data will be considered in this parliamentary year – The Privacy Amendment (Re-identification Offence) Bill 2016 and the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016. Find out what the possible implications are if the amendments are passed…

European Data Protection Laws explained

European Data Protection Laws explained

Changes to the European Data Protection legislation will impact marketers around the globe. The European law will affect companies based in Europe and also extends to any organisations that holds data about individuals who are based out of Europe. This means that Australian companies may be affected by the new laws.

Submission to Productivity Commission on data availability and use

Submission to Productivity Commission on data availability and use

In November, Australia’s Productivity Commission published a set of findings and recommendations in response to the Inquiry into Data Availability and Use. In its submission, DGA was unrelenting in its agenda on behalf of members, for a self-regulatory framework and an innovation-led agenda. Read the submission here.

The importance of data governance in the case of ATO’s data loss

The importance of data governance in the case of ATO’s data loss

On Monday, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announced an unprecedented enterprise hardware failure that resulted in the shutdown of their website, closure of e-portals, staff being sent home because internal systems failed to operate and the loss of 1000 Terabytes of data.

Data Governance – What is it?

Data Governance – What is it?

The shift to the digital economy has seen the volume of data created by consumers and business grow exponentially in the past five years. Indeed, it has been estimated that in the past two years more data has been created than in the entire previous history of the human race. The staggering potential benefits of data for everything from marketing and customer acquisition through to post-sale servicing and product creation have not gone unnoticed by the broader business community with 75% of companies recently surveyed by Gartner confirming that they have invested or plan to significantly invest in big data…

Governance and Analytics Will Be Top Priorities

Governance and Analytics Will Be Top Priorities

Gartner’s first survey of working chief data officers finds that their main mandate and objective is to manage, govern and exploit information as an organizational asset. As a newly emerging role, there is a high degree of variability in what CDOs do, to whom they report and how they are measured.