Law + tech news round-up

Last week, the Attorney-General introduced the telecommunications sector security reform Bill into Parliament. Freedom House has released its annual ‘Freedom on the Net’ report. In Victoria, the government has announced an inquiry into suppression orders placed on court proceedings. And University of Melbourne researchers write that testing the strength of methods used to protect privacy in open data should not be a crime.  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.  Happy reading …

Law + tech news round-up

The Senate inquiry into the 2016 Census is hearing evidence today.  (You can watch or listen online.)  On the copyright front, one of the #siteblock cases is scheduled to be back in the Federal Court today. In privacy news, last week the Federal Government introduced the long awaited mandatory data breach notification bill. And for those in Melbourne tomorrow, there is a free panel: “Big Data and Cybersecurity: Are We Ready?  Happy reading …

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 …

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 …