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Comment: Why Singtel Optus data breach could bring knee-jerk changes to Australian privacy law

By Laurel Henning
  • 05 Oct 2022 07:56
  • 05 Oct 2022 09:45
Singtel Optus’s mass data breach last month saw the data of almost 10 million Australians put at risk — something the public may never have found out about, had it not been for a little-known national legislative requirement that codifies a company’s response to such an emergency.
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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported 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, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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