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Posted in Data Protection & Privacy

Australia Introduces Mandatory Data Breach Notification Scheme

On 13 February 2017, the Australian Senate passed into law the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016. This law amends the primary privacy and data protection legislation in Australia, Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), to introduce the long-anticipated mandatory data breach notification scheme. Under this scheme, all agencies and businesses that are regulated by the Privacy Act are required … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Mark Parsons

Proposed changes to the law on data breach notifications in Australia

The law on the notification of data breaches in Australia looks set to change. The Privacy Act 1988 does not currently require companies that suffer a data breach to notify the Australian Information Commissioner (“Commissioner“) or affected individuals. While organisations are encouraged to do so by the Commissioner’s Data Breach Notification Guide (2014), and in practice many … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband

Australian Government passes site blocking legislation

By Carolyn Dalton, Executive Director of Policy Australia Pty Ltd

As foreshadowed in a previous post in December last year, the Australian Parliament has now passed amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 to enable rights holders to apply for a court order requiring ISPs to block access to websites operated outside of Australia which provide access to infringing content (usually … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation

Australian Government to address online copyright infringement

By: Carolyn Dalton, Executive Director of Policy Australia Pty Ltd

The Australian government has recently announced new initiatives to address concerns about online copyright infringement.  A ‘frequently asked questions’ (FAQ) document about the reforms was also released.  There were two key planks to the announcement:

  1. A call to industry to develop a new industry code within 120 days,
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