Category Archive for: ‘Technology’

Are search results defamatory? Google’s not feeling lucky

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but search results can hurt you? At least, that seems to be way the Australian courts have been leaning. In the latest in a series of cases against Google, Google was unsuccessful in its bid to set aside a writ and statement of claim alleging defamation by their search results. The person bringing …

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EU-US privacy safe harbor no longer safe

Our European colleagues have summarised the recent decision of the European Court of Justice dealing with the EU-US privacy safe harbor.  This is a big deal – the US Secretary of Commerce has been quoted as saying that the decision “puts at risk the thriving trans-Atlantic digital economy”. The plaintiff in the case, Mr Schrems, objected to Facebook Ireland transferring …

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Lessons to be learned from the OAIC’s security assessment of St Vincent’s Hospital

Authors: Michael Swinson (Partner) and TJ Saw (Solicitor) Last month the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) issued a privacy assessment report of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Limited (St Vincent’s).[1] The Privacy Commissioner has the power to carry out assessments under section 33C of the Privacy Act in order to determine whether an organisation is complying with the Australian …

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Hackers cause recall of 1.4 million cars

by Kim O’Connell, Amanda Engels and Olivia Goudal As foreshadowed in our post on cyber resilience, available here, data breaches and cybercrime are becoming increasing prevalent. These issues are well illustrated by the recent recall by Fiat Chrysler of 1.4 million cars in the United States. On Friday 24 July 2015, Fiat Chrysler issued the recall of 1.4 million vehicles …

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Consultation period commences for China’s new draft cybersecurity law

by Rui Wang (Beijing), Martyn Huckerby, Colin Bailey and Yijia Tu (Shanghai) and Kim O’Connell (Sydney) Foreign companies doing business with Chinese entities or on their own account in China should be aware of the changing landscape for digital information. A Consultation Draft of a New PRC Cyber Security Law was posted on the National People’s Congress website on 6 …

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Telco Sector Security Reforms

Authors: Michael Swinson (Partner) and TJ Saw (Solicitor) On 25 June 2015 the Attorney-General and the Minister for Communications released an exposure draft of a new piece of legislation that aims to strengthen the Government’s ability to manage national security risks affecting telecommunications networks. The proposed Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is the latest in a series of …

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Cyber resilience health check

Data breaches and cybercrime are regularly occurring in Australia.  PricewaterhouseCooper’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, which surveyed more than 9,700 security, IT and business executives stated that the total number of cybersecurity incidents in 2014 was 42.8 million – an increase of 48% from 2013. ASIC, APRA and the Office of the Australian Information Commission have all signalled …

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What’s in a name? (Try to) Keep up with the Kardashians

Here at IP Whiteboard, we learnt the power of a celebrity name when one of our posts got roughly 20 times more hits than we expected (and crashed the site in the process). Why? While we like to think the combination of on-trend pop culture knowledge and cutting edge legal analysis really drew readers in, ultimately it was the celebrity …

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The Harper Review (IP Update)

We previously reported on the Competition Policy Review Panel’s Draft Report on the effectiveness of Australia’s current competition laws and policy (see our earlier post here). As well as competition issues, the review also examined the impact of the intellectual property regime on innovation, trade and competition policy. Yesterday, the Panel released its Final Report (which can be accessed here). …

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