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Australian regulators throw spotlight on privacy risks of screen scraping practices

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Legal update, Australian regulators throw spotlight on privacy risks of screen scraping practices  provides an overview of current actions by regulators to highlight privacy risks associated with  screen scraping. As the practice of screen scraping becomes more widespread, regulators both in Australia and other jurisdictions have raised concerns. On 24 August 2023, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) issued a joint statement with 11 other international privacy regulators highlighting the role of social media platforms to safeguard consumers from privacy risks arising from screen scraping practices.  On 30 August 2023, Treasury commenced a consultation on screen scraping practices undertaken in the context of consumers seeking to purchase financial management products and services.


Louise Sinclair
By Louise Sinclair
Senior Lawyer Writer (Data protection and privacy), Practical Law

Louise joined Practical Law after more than 15 years in legal practice working in commercial law and health law for both the government and in private practice, including at top tier law firm, Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst).  Louise is a subject matter expert on data protection and privacy laws and is a current member of the Law Society of NSW's Privacy and Data Law Committee. Louise's expertise also includes advising across all areas of commercial and business law especially in the context of the provision of medical and health services including advising on major projects, information technology and outsourcing.

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