Australia seeks stiffer penalty for data breaches amidst spate of security incidents
Government says it will push up maximum fines for serious or repeated data privacy breaches to AU$50 million, up from the current AU$2.22 million, in a move that follows a spate of cybersecurity incidents that compromised customer data, including Medibank.
Australia moots changes to privacy laws after Optus data breach
Government is revising regulations to allow telcos to temporarily share some of their customers' personal information, such as driver's licence and passport numbers, with financial services institutions to facilitate monitoring and remediation in the event of a data breach.
Optus reveals extent of data breach, but stays mum on how it happened
Of the 9.8 million customers impacted by the data breach, 1.2 million have at least one form of identification number that is valid, says the Singtel-owned Australian operator, adding that it has brought in Deloitte to investigate the breach, including how it occurred.
Australia government wants Optus to pay for data breach
Arguing that the recent data security breach "shouldn't have happened", Australia's Prime Minister wants Optus to pay for the replacement of passports--which details were compromised--and hints the country's cybersecurity laws may be updated to boost customer protection.