70% of Australians don’t feel in control of their data as companies hide behind meaningless privacy terms

Tue, 26 Mar 2024 11:37:09 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Australian consumers don’t understand how companies – including data brokers –
track, target and profile them. This is revealed in new research on consumer
understanding of privacy terms, released by the non-profit Consumer Policy
Research Centre and UNSW Sydney today.

Our report also reveals 70% of Australians feel they have little or no control
over how their data is disclosed between companies. Many expressed anger,
frustration and distrust.

These findings are particularly important as the government considers
long-overdue reforms to our privacy legislation, and the consumer watchdog
finalises its upcoming report on data brokers.

If Australians are to have any hope of fair and trustworthy data handling, the
government must stop companies from hiding their practices behind confusing and
misleading privacy terms and mandate fairness in data handling."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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