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Law + tech news round-up

So 2016 … it’s been some time between posts.  Since my last round-up,  we’ve had the first #siteblock judgment; the appointment of a new eSafety Commissioner, the Productivity Commission released its report on Intellectual Property Arrangements, and the government is consulting on whether telecommunications data should be accessible for civil litigation. Further afield, the UK passed what has been described as “most invasive surveillance law in democratic history” and the European Court of Justice held that EU member states may not impose a general obligation to retain data on providers of electronic communications services.

That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.  Happy reading …

COPYRIGHT

Productivity Commission re-ignites copyright wars by recommending fair use. | The Conversation | https://goo.gl/dJ4qze

The Department of Communications also released Ernst & Young’s Cost Benefit Analysis Report on the implementation of a ‘fair use’ exemption to Australian copyright law which is referenced in the Productivity Commission’s final report.

Federal Court orders piracy sites to be blocked. | Crikey | https://goo.gl/3sc3Zr

Blocking access to file-sharing websites won’t stop illegal downloading. | The Conversation | https://goo.gl/LOHWdt

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) agrees: we need to fix copyright safe harbours. | ADA | https://goo.gl/5yAuT6

Prenda Law “copyright trolls” Steele and Hansmeier arrested. | Ars Technica | https://goo.gl/Iw991K

2016 – the Copyright Year. | The 1709 Blog | https://goo.gl/HcLyN5

Event: Get your tickets for ADA Copyright Forum 2017 – Fair Use, Flexibility and Exceptions for Creativity. | ADA |  https://goo.gl/fke39E

DEFAMATION, MEDIA  LAW & FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Google found not to have defamed Melbourne man over online images. | SMH | https://goo.gl/7nrdcP Judgment: https://goo.gl/KfuBxY

Brisbane businessman sues Google for $750,000 over defamatory search results. | The Guardian | https://goo.gl/SGnBR9

Mullet defamation case gets a haircut as Sydney teen suffers setback. | SMH | https://goo.gl/LrYwku

Gina Rinehart loses costs case against journalist. | SMH | https://goo.gl/O8dllP

Yahoo 7, Krystal Johnson found guilty of contempt over aborted trial. | Herald Sun | https://goo.gl/jXXTFD 

PRIVACY & INFORMATION SECURITY

EU Member States may not impose a general and indiscriminate obligation to retain data on providers of electronic communications services. | Two Birds |  https://goo.gl/nn9Icc

Paul Bernal on how the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history. | InfoLaw Centre | https://goo.gl/WUIYYt

Senators call pre-census privacy assessments “manifestly inadequate”. | IT News | https://goo.gl/62Eut3

New UN resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age: crucial and timely. | Internet Policy Review | https://goo.gl/OhrZ6q

Authorities probing selling of Australian telco customer data by Indian firm. | ZDNet | https://goo.gl/by5ue5

Australia’s new facial verification system goes live. | IT News | https://goo.gl/jBqvMw

Federal Government (again) rejects recommendation to establish a tort of serious invasion of privacy. | Australian Government Response to the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Report: Eyes in the Sky: Inquiry into drones and the regulation of air safety and privacyhttps://goo.gl/3ebqAK

OAIC tells government to fix its privacy before criminalising data re-identification. | IT News | https://goo.gl/WdLhyj

The government is considering opening up metadata to civil lawsuits. | IT News | https://goo.gl/eixQpq

  • Consultation on access to telecommunications data. Submissions close 27 January 2017. | AGD | https://goo.gl/7oPgXW
  • Telecommunications security bill to be reviewed by PJCIS. Submissions close 3 February 2017. | APH | https://goo.gl/4Q2d9u

TECHNOLOGY

New eSafety Commissioner appointed in expanded role to combat non-consensual sharing of intimate images. | Comms | https://goo.gl/QIF8kz

Facebook doesn’t tell users everything it really knows about them. | ProPublica | https://goo.gl/yQ5hoF

Terror scanning database for social media raises more questions than answers. | Motherboard | https://goo.gl/9dFZg3

 

29 December 2016

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