Despite debates about data privacy, three million Australians downloaded the new tracing app, COVIDSafe, within 72 hours of its launch by the Federal Government last month to help track the spread of coronavirus.
We expect that our data will be protected, whilst we happily say ‘yes’ to cookies, do our banking online, and allow apps such as Twitter, Facebook and Skype to track our movements.
Governments have been playing catch up with legislation to protect online data.
The European Union introduced its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws in 2016. Australia introduced the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme (NDBS) and mandatory reporting of data breaches in 2018.