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Law + tech news round-up

The Spring Sittings of Parliament kicked off last week and there’s now a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Census; submissions close on 21 September.  The proposed legislative program indicates that the government plans to introduce the data breach notification bill before the end of the year. But there’s still no sign of the bill setting out long overdue copyright reforms.  And today, the Attorney-General announced the recipients of funding from the $128.4 million Data Retention Industry Grants Program. That’s just some of the recent law + tech news & views.  Happy reading …

COPYRIGHT

‘Book famine’ as government prepares to miss Marrakesh treaty deadline. | SMH | http://goo.gl/Q1B7dB

“Blurred lines” appeal gets support from more than 200 musicians. | The Hollywood Reporter | http://goo.gl/Xxm3eD

Cox maintain it’s not responsible for copyright infringements carried out by its subscribers; will appeal the $25 million damages verdict. | TorrentFreak | http://goo.gl/uRqzC8

DEFAMATION, MEDIA  LAW & FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Call for submissions by 1 November 2016. UN Special Rapporteur is conducting a study on freedom of expression in the telecommunications and Internet access sector. | OHCHR | http://goo.gl/uZnGRS

Yahoo 7 reporter’s explanation over aborted murder trial ‘strains credibility’. | The Guardian | http://goo.gl/z84Qcu

Campbell Newman, Jarrod Bleijie’s aborted defamation defence cost Queensland taxpayers thousands. | ABC | http://goo.gl/WJJdHa

Media law reform package reintroduced. | Department of Communications | http://goo.gl/FPtfDm

Ugandan lawyer fails in High Court bid to get Facebook Ireland to take down alleged defamatory postings. | Independent | http://goo.gl/l8l5Me

Letter from a Bahraini jail. | New York Times | http://goo.gl/Zcthzr

PRIVACY & INFORMATION SECURITY

Have your say … Submissions to the Economics References Committee’s inquiry into the 2016 Census are due by 21 September. | APH | http://goo.gl/kksKmW

Australian data breach alerts bill to hit parliament. | IT News | http://goo.gl/2MosjK

Kuwait’s new DNA collection law is scarier than we ever imagined. | Fusion | http://goo.gl/PdzePg

Privacy Commissioner slams Ashley Madison’s dodgy security: Hacked infidelity website was legally obliged to do better. | IT News | http://goo.gl/l0kcsq And here’s the OAIC’s report into the Ashley Madison data breach.

Why Dropbox’s data breach response is still wrong. | ZDNet | http://goo.gl/cafJZO

Facebook recommended that this psychiatrist’s patients friend each other. | Fusion |  http://goo.gl/1D6cZG     And how to see the people that Facebook knows you know— and, importantly, how to delete them. | Fusion | http://goo.gl/WNvHKQ

TECHNOLOGY

Tagged koalas to activate road warning signs in bid to change driver behaviour. | ABC | http://goo.gl/BL9BnA

On social media and the Australian Army, with Major Mick Cook. | Sub Rosa podcast | http://goo.gl/RlxTzJ

Technological innovation doesn’t have to make us less human. | Mother Jones | http://goo.gl/ciJ7bL

NSW Government will seek to criminalise “revenge porn” – the distribution of intimate or sexually explicit images without consent. | Justice NSW | http://goo.gl/y5G0K8

5 September 2016

Image: by janneke staaks (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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