This week in data – January 11th

Welcome to the first edition of this week in data for 2017. Here’s what we’ve been reading as we rev-up for an enormous 2017 in data exchange, innovation and open data policy.

Uber shares city traffic data 

Ride-sharing giant Uber has extended an olive branch to city governments by launching a new service for cities to tap into traffic data from Uber trips. The tool called Movement, allows users to track car travel times between any two points in a city at any time of day. Sydney, Washington DC and Manilla are the first to receive access, with dozens of more cities to come before it launches to the public in mid-February, ultimately it’ll include data for every city that has Uber.

Uber has come under fire from city governments globally for failing to share proprietary data which could improve transport services and infrastructure. While many see Uber Movement as a step in the right direction, many local governments are still holding out the ‘holy grail’ of Uber data, the location data signalling where users start and end most of their trips.

Prominent Aussie companies respond to draft PC report on Open Data

Speaking of major companies sharing data with government, the Productivity Commission into Data Availability made headlines again this week following a number of high-profile corporate responses to the draft report.

As the AFR reports, NAB, ANZ, Telstra, Google and Uber have warned against the proposed re-definition of customer rights to digital data which have been deemed as being too vague, far-reaching and potentially a risk to existing companies legitimate commercial interests.

In other news…

  • Government data-matching practices have been called into question following the Centrelink #notmydebt recovery controversy.
  • Metadata retention laws are in the spotlight again following a government proposal to allow the information collected to be used in civil cases, not just terrorism-related investigations. This could potentially mean the data could be used in divorce cases. Major telcos and the Law Council of Australia have communicated grave concerns about this proposed extension of power.


Experian’s fourth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast highlights the five data breach trends companies should anticipate in 2017.

Until next week.

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