Laurel is a senior correspondent covering data privacy and security, antitrust and mergers and acquisitions across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that, Laurel spent a year spearheading MLex’s activist investment coverage, looking at boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.
Selected Insights by Laurel
Oracle told Australian competition officials to focus on Google’s expanded use of personal information through the 2008 acquisition of DoubleClick.
TikTok may be able to escape its current dispute with the US, but the video-sharing app will still be facing regulatory headwinds around the globe.
When Australian senior antitrust official fronted an online media scrum in Sydney, his message to the world’s digital platforms was simple: it’s time to grow up.
The opening of a joint UK-Australian probe into controversial US facial-recognition company Clearview AI underscores a growing interest among data watchdogs to cooperate in tackling global threats to people’s privacy.
Three million Australians have downloaded the government’s CovidSafe contact tracing app in three days, as the government followed an Asia-Pacific wave.