This week in data – 19th April

As the conversation around banking competition, open data access and the productivity impact of big data continues to heat up, The Australian has reported on the global open banking trend and the potential cost implications of adopting such schemes.

The ATO have committed to stop sharing the personal data of employees to external contractors without consent,  following employee complaints,  after it was revealed that the ATO shared the names, email addresses, locations of work and pay grades of each of its 19,000 employees to contractor ORIMA who then used this information to build profiles on which groups of workers were voting against controversial workplace deals.

In other news…

Online fashion retailers, Showpo and Black Swallow have reached a settlement over the alleged theft of 306,000 customer data records by a former Showpo employee back in 2016. It is alleged that these records were accessed and taken to the individual’s new employer Black Swallow and subsequently used for direct marketing purposes.

Sydney-based Black Swallow has been ordered to pay $60,000 to Showpo in instalments over the next several months and both parties are to pay their own legal costs. A timely reminder about data governance and staff procedures around customer data protection.


  • With the growing imperative for transparency in government, data visualisation is emerging as the holy grail for today’s politicians and policy makers. This piece explores some recent examples of data visualization for government and what’s possible.
  • In this video interview, Seth Dobrin, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Data Officer of IBM Analytics, discusses data governance strategy at IBM and organizational approaches to safe, secure data use.

Until next week.

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