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Responding to COVID-19: your questions answered
Insight 13 Jul 2020

In light of the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many businesses are confronted with questions about the legal issues and regulatory implications. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt Australia's economy, we address your challenges. ...

The PROOF is in the pudding? Using WIPO's new digital evidence tool to strengthen your IP rights
Insight 25 Jun 2020

WIPO PROOF - WIPO's new service can be used to prove the existence and contents of a digital file at a given time. ...

The CDR is coming to the energy sector – have your say now
Insight 26 May 2020

The Australian Government has commenced consultation on the Consumer Data Right (Energy Sector) Designation 2020, which will apply the CDR to the energy sector. Entities should consider the impact of the CDR on their business, including whether they would like to apply to be an Accredited Data Recipient to obtain access to such energy data. ...

Carrots and sticks: enforcement of the Consumer Data Right
Insight 15 May 2020

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) have published a joint Compliance and Enforcement Policy (the Policy) for the Consumer Data Right (CDR). ...

OAIC's landmark case against Facebook to have major implications on Privacy Act
Insight 12 May 2020

As Privacy Awareness Week this year called for individuals to #rebootyourprivacy and debate continues over the privacy protections for the COVIDSafe application, another step has been taken in the Australian Information Commissioner's (Commissioner) landmark case against Facebook, Inc and Facebook Ireland Ltd (together, Facebook) which will have major implications for the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and digital businesses operating from offshore entities. ...

The COVIDSafe Bill – good progress, but there's more to do
Insight 06 May 2020

The COVIDSafe app has been marketed as offering privacy 'protected by law'. On Sunday, the Federal Government released an exposure draft of legislation designed to put those protections in place, and to dispel lingering doubts about the app. ...

COVIDSafe – what we now know
Insight 27 Apr 2020

On Sunday, the Australian Government launched its voluntary digital contact tracing app 'COVIDSafe', along with the app's Privacy Policy, an independent Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and the Department of Health's response to that PIA. The Chief Medical Officer has predicted that the application will have been downloaded more than 2 million times by the end of Monday. ...

Trace but don't track – Australia's approach to digital contact tracing
Insight 21 Apr 2020

The Australian Government has flagged that Australia's baseline 'social distancing' restrictions may be eased more quickly if, among other things, at least 40% of Australians download and use a new voluntary digital contact tracing app, 'COVID Trace'. The announcement has sparked significant debate ...

Using tech and data in a crisis – contact tracing
Insight 09 Apr 2020

Data analysis, and the technology that facilitates it, is currently playing a critical role in the global and national efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside the front-line health response, it has become a core part of the daily calculations made by governments and health organisations. ...

Australian Human Rights Commission proposes mandatory human rights approach for artificial intelligence
Insight 31 Jan 2020

The Australian Human Rights Commission ( AHRC ) has published a discussion paper on proposals to legislate for a human rights approach to artificial intelligence ( AI ) systems. If adopted by the ...

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