Law + tech news round-up

The Productivity Commission released its draft report on Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements last week. It included some significant proposals to reform copyright. Former High Court judge Michael Kirby called for urgent reform of privacy laws.   Turnbull abandoned the plan to abolish the OAIC, which includes the Privacy Commissioner.  Draft guidelines for using section 313 to block websites were (finally) released for comment.

And Peter Dutton’s staff learned all about the Streisand effect  …  That’s just some of the recent law + tech news. Happy reading.

Law + tech news round-up

There was much #cyber talk in the past week as the government released its Cyber Security Strategy; Allie Coyne reported that the government plans the introduction, but not passage, of the data breach notification bill before the election, the music industry has filed an application to block kickasss torrents in Australia, concerns continue to be raised over the privacy & security of census data, and auDA announced it will open up direct registrations in .au.  … That’s just some of the recent law + tech news. Happy reading.

Law + tech news round-up

So while I was travelling: rights holders and ISPs asked the government to put the draft online copyright notice scheme on hold; Communications Alliance revealed that some small ISPs have been doing little about data retention due to the costs of compliance, and the Australian Privacy Foundation wrote about who can access your MyHealthRecord.  Sarah Jeong explained how the move to a cashless society could embolden Big Brother, and Kashmir Hill reported on a fascinating story of how an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell.

I’m now back in sunny Melbourne. (It’s 26 degrees today!)  And yesterday, the Guardian revealed that the AFP has been accessing journalist Paul Farrell’s “metadata” to track down sources. That’s just some of the recent law + tech news. Happy reading.

Law + tech news round-up

You’ve only got until 12 February 2016 to have a say on proposed changes to Australia’s copyright law; OpenAustralia Foundation explained how Geordie Guy’s FOI application made big news and how you can use Right to Know too, telcos raised serious concerns with proposed national security laws  and Victoria Police want to shoot GPS trackers at fleeing cars.   That’s just some of the recent law + tech news.

Happy reading  …