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
Three million Australians have downloaded the government’s CovidSafe contact tracing app in three days, as the government followed an Asia-Pacific wave.
It’s less than 10 days since Australia’s competition regulator said it was anticipating an increase in applications from companies seeking exemptions from competition laws to ensure they not only deliver essential services to citizens during the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, but survive the economic uncertainty caused by the global pandemic
New Zealand won’t compromise on privacy rights for the sake of Facebook, Google's business models, Edwards saysThe global momentum around consumer data rights is arriving in New Zealand, the country’s top privacy official has said, with pressure from the financial industry for the country to introduce open banking systems only expected to grow throughout 2020.
Lawyers for former Australia & New Zealand Banking Group executive Rick Moscati will find out on Friday which documents they'll be able to use to prepare their defense in a landmark criminal-cartel case against ANZ, Citigroup Global Markets and Deutsche Bank Australia, as well as six former employees at the banks. The decision on document access was confirmed by a local court in Sydney this week.
The overhaul of New Zealand's privacy laws this year is expected to catapult the country's 1993 data-protection laws into the 21st century. But the revamp will face scrutiny in the EU, where the island country will be one of the 11 jurisdictions facing a review of the bloc's adequacy decisions relating to national privacy measures this year.