Australian police urge criminal penalties for smartphone privacy breaches

Smartphone vendors should face criminal penalties if they fail to adequately protect personal data, according to Australia’s privacy watchdog. The call comes in the wake of recent revelations that Apple’s iPhones and iPads log location data, and of the Sony PlayStation Network data breach.”We’ve been laying off these organisations, permitting them to ‘self-regulate’, ha ha. It is simply inadequate,” said the chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation, professor Roger Clarke. “The law has to get to grips with detail now. It’s got to be technology-specific, and it’s got to create teeth. We’ve got to have criminal offences for organisations that are insecure, or that don’t provide appropriately structured consent mechanisms.”To read this ZDNet report in full, see:

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