Law + tech news round-up

We’ve now had our first 2 sitting weeks of  Parliament for 2017 and the mandatory data breach notification bill finally passed both houses.  Meanwhile, the controversial re-identification offence bill did appear on the Senate agenda but hasn’t yet been debated. Turning to copyright, Village Roadshow again asserts it will launch a further court application to block more piracy-linked sites and Foxtel faced its own piracy battle with Facebook streamers. And looking abroad, German regulators ban a kid’s doll saying it is essentially a stealthy espionage device.  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.   Happy reading …

Law + tech news round-up

So that was January … Nuala O’Connor wrote on the Trump Administration’s erasing of Privacy Act coverage to non-U.S. persons;  some large UK ISPs are to start sending internet piracy warning letters, while in the US rights holders and telcos called it quits on their “copyright alert” system.   The long awaited Full Court decision on the case that started with Ben Grubb requesting his “metadata” from Telstra was handed down and Access Now found that governments around the world shut down the internet more than 50 times in 2016 – suppressing elections, slowing economies and limiting free speech.  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.   Happy reading …

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 …