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Law + tech news round-up

It’s been a few weeks between posts … this week,  the Attorney-General announced he would introduce a Bill to amend the Privacy Act to “further protect de-identified data.”  You can read some of the reaction to this proposal below.

In the US, Dan Goodin argued that the silencing of KrebsOnSecurity opened a troubling chapter for the ‘Net.  Facebook backed down on its decision to censor posts featuring Nick Ut’s 1972 photo “The Terror of War” and Twitter has been asked to block accounts of Turkish journalists.  Happy reading …

COPYRIGHT

The is in force. One step closer to ending the book famine. | Australian Digital Alliance | https://goo.gl/i1O56I

Do exclusive releases drive increases in copyright infringement? | Medium | https://goo.gl/AcWDhO

Optimal 21st Century Copyright? | The 1709 Blog | https://goo.gl/Jk6kT3

Mozilla-backed selfie stunt challenges Europe’s copyright laws. | CIO |  https://goo.gl/xFudHo

 

DEFAMATION, MEDIA  LAW & FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Twitter refuses to block account of noted Turkish journalist. | Motherboard | https://goo.gl/ayasIb

Social media & defamation law pose threats to free speech, and it’s time for reform. | The Conversation | https://goo.gl/aRpPqu

Facebook to allow famous Vietnam War photo on platform after criticism. | Fusion | https://goo.gl/HU6Fnq

Dr Janice Duffy preparing second Google defamation claim, less than year after $115,000 victory. | Adelaide Now | https://goo.gl/4JhmPn

Former Fairfax journalist Natalie O’Brien loses defamation case against ABC. | SMH | https://goo.gl/2LrF7j (Fair comment defence prevails. Judgment here.)

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/uZnGR

 

PRIVACY & INFORMATION SECURITY

Will Privacy Act changes have a chilling effect on cyber security research? | ComputerWorld |  https://goo.gl/iC9ZSv (Attorney-General’s media release)

Brandis says white hats will be exempt from data law changes. | IT News | https://goo.gl/oivGar

Timothy Pilgrim to be appointed as  Information Commissioner & reappointed as Privacy Commissioner. | OAIC | https://goo.gl/NbgKZO

Overall 84% of councils did not adequately explain to users  how their personal information is collected, used & shared in relation to CCTV. | CPDP Victoria | https://goo.gl/IWjHwM

Queensland police access social justice advocate’s personal file 1,400 times. | ABC | https://goo.gl/vjSKBS

Historical survey of UK comms data errors causing wrongful arrests and searches, updated with 2015 data. | Cyberleagle | https://goo.gl/xTCVi2

 

TECHNOLOGY

Why the record-breaking DDoS on KrebsOnSecurity opens a troubling chapter for the Net. | Ars Technica | https://goo.gl/AGpMxo

Cops are raiding the homes of innocent people based only on IP addresses. | Fusion | https://goo.gl/6QEfpU

Palmer Luckey is funding Donald Trump’s internet trolls with his Oculus money. | The Verge | https://goo.gl/ibfNNd

Northern Territory cops get body worn video: New government seizes on rollout. | IT News | https://goo.gl/QMYlTO

Instagram’s new moderation policy is exactly how we should handle abuse on the internet. | Fusion | https://goo.gl/DrLBPZ

30 September 2016

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