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 …

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 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 …

Law + tech news round-up

In copyright news, Led Zeppelin won their jury trial over ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and the US anti-piracy notice scheme seems to have an uncertain future. Microsoft announced its purchase of LinkedIn and a UN Special Rapporteur released a report on freedom of expression, states and the private sector in the digital age. In Australia, the university sector is battling to understand their data retention obligations, and a man pleaded guilty to making rape threats on Facebook. With election day getting closer, Digital Rights Watch looked at where the parties stand on digital rights issues and Australian Privacy Foundation released their findings on the parties stance on privacy issues. …  That’s just some of the recent law + tech news. Happy reading.