Chinese Data Protection Laws

June 6th, 2022|0 Comments

China has implemented data protection legislation that impacts how companies operate in, or transact with, businesses or individuals in China. The Personal Information Protection Law of the People's Republic of China (PIPL) applies to organisations

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Online Safety Act

April 4th, 2022|0 Comments

The Online Safety Act 2021(Cth) commenced on 23 January 2022, replacing a patchwork of online safety legislation to create a more consistent and clearer regulatory framework. The Act gives new powers to the eSafety Commissioner,

Facebook v OAIC

March 25th, 2022|0 Comments

In a recent landmark privacy case, the Full Federal Court dismissed Facebook’s claim that it is not subject to Australian privacy laws because it does not “carry on a business in Australia”. Facebook Inc v

The Proposed Online Privacy Code

February 11th, 2022|0 Comments

The Australian Government has introduced the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 (OP Bill) to amend the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The OP Bill creates a framework to

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Employee Vaccine Mandates

January 11th, 2022|0 Comments

Can employers require their staff to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine? The Federal Government’s policy is that vaccines should be both free and voluntary. However, businesses also have an obligation to keep their workplaces safe and

WFH: What employers need to know

December 20th, 2021|0 Comments

Covid-19 has seen us transition into a new era of work. However, working from home does present some unique challenges to  employers. Employers need to meet the challenge of some specific risks when staff work

Privacy Reforms: Privacy Act in Review

December 16th, 2021|0 Comments

In October 2021, the Attorney-General’s Department released the Privacy Act 1988 Discussion Paper (Discussion Paper) to accompany the exposure draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 (Online Privacy Bill). The proposed reforms form

Ad Tech

December 16th, 2021|0 Comments

The ACCC has found that competition for Ad Tech services in Australia is ineffective and has asked the Federal Government for specific powers to regulate the industry. Ad Tech The Final Report for the Digital Advertising

The Anti-Trolling Bill

December 16th, 2021|0 Comments

The Australian Government is introducing legislation to unmask anonymous online bullies, trolls and defamers. The Australian Government has released the Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2021 to address developments in the 2021 High Court decision in Fairfax Media Publications

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Employee Background Checks

September 28th, 2021|0 Comments

Engaging in employee background checks for potential candidates is a common practice amongst Australian businesses and organisations. This is even more important when businesses are working in a hybrid/work from home environment. It is important

Calls for amendments to the Telecommunications Bill

August 2nd, 2021|0 Comments

In March 2020, the Australian Federal Government introduced the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020 (Telecommunications Bill). The Telecommunications Bill expands Australia’s current national security laws by amending the current Telecommunications (Interception and

Diversity Surveys: What Employers Need to Know

April 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

In 2019, Diversity Council Australia conducted a survey of 3,000 Australian workers which revealed that 75% of those surveyed support their employer taking action to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. Diversity surveys have become

The News Media Bargaining Code and Privacy

April 11th, 2021|0 Comments

The Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill (2021) (Bill) was introduced in 2020 to address concerns about bargaining power imbalances between digital platforms and Australian news media businesses. The

2020 – Year in Review

December 21st, 2020|0 Comments

2020 – Year in Review 2020 was a rollercoaster of a year. Despite the disruption of COVID-19 much was achieved. Here’s a breakdown of some of the major legal developments of the year. Ad Tech

Encryption Law in Australia

November 12th, 2020|0 Comments

In July 2020, the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) issued a report recommending changes to the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (Cth) (Encryption Act).   Encryption Act The Encryption Act was introduced in

Security Tips for Video Conferencing

October 27th, 2020|0 Comments

When any technology sees its popularity increase quickly, the number of malicious actors seeking to take advantage of new and untrained users also grows. Video Conferencing is one such technology. It has become an essential

Cybersecurity Resilience during COVID-19

October 21st, 2020|0 Comments

Organisations and individuals are increasingly harnessing the opportunities presented by technology in the current COVID-19 climate. The pandemic has placed a growing reliance on data, cloud systems and online communications as organisations combat the

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Australia Digital Platforms Inquiry

May 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Calls for sweeping changes to the regulatory landscape governing digital platforms were made with the release of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Digital Platform’s Inquiry (Inquiry) Report earlier this year. The Inquiry

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Consumer Data Right

May 4th, 2020|0 Comments

The Australian Consumer Data Right will empower consumers but will increase regulatory burden and compliance for businesses. What privacy and data systems will your business need to comply with the new regime? On 1

What is the value of data privacy?

May 4th, 2020|0 Comments

The prevalence and value of data, particularly personal data, is continuing to grow exponentially. Data has become an increasingly valuable resource for businesses. But businesses need to be aware of, and balance the increasing

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Cookies

September 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Cookies – the aptly named ‘bite sized’ text files which reside in a user’s device can be helpful tools for both businesses and web users. Whether it’s to remember what’s in a shopping basket

My Health Record

January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

The new deadline for opting-out of My Health Record is fast approaching. If you don't already have a My Health Record, and do not want one created for you, you will need to opt-out

Medical Records Trust & Transparency

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Download Article Data use and an individual’s rights have become very topical with the increasing number of data breaches that impact us as individuals, including reports on data issues in

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Board Principles for Cyber Resilience

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Increased use of technology is a key source of competitive advantage, but it is also a key driver of cyber risk.  An organisation that hesitates to protect its information assets will likely fall behind

The Cost of Cyber Complacency

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Within the rapidly globalising and integrated global community, the evolution and rationalisation of technology has presented the real and present danger of cyber-attacks, creating a threat environment for all businesses. With malware becoming more sophisticated