Law + tech news round-up

Federal Parliament is in recess until 8 August so it’s a good time to catch up on some of the news from the past few weeks. In the courts, Foxtel was successful in extending its “#siteblock” orders to block new Pirate Bay mirrors and Rebel Wilson won her defamation claim against the publisher of Woman’s Day & Australian Women’s Weekly.

Australia’s Privacy Commissioner is seeking public comment on its draft resources on notifiable data breaches and the APS Privacy Governance Code. And from the US, I recommend Pro Publica’s investigation into Facebook’s secret censorship rules and the Atlantic’s post on how technology designed for tracking down terrorists is being used to surveil immigrants more than ever before. That’s just some of the recent law + tech news & views. Happy reading!

Law + tech news round-up

It’s been quite a few weeks between posts …  nevertheless, the copyright bill mentioned in my April post has not yet passed Parliament, but more “piracy” site blocking applications have progressed in the Federal Court. Fairfax’s Michael Bachelard wrote about how our defamation laws stop important Australian stories from being told and the Senate kicked off an Inquiry on Public Interest Journalism.

The AFP admitted that it had accessed telecommunications data without the required journalist information warrant and the Ombudsman released its report on agency access to stored communications and telecommunications data. I also read also some engaging and important stories about technology including on algorithms and bias, and the enduring myth of the hacker boy-band.  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news & views.   Happy reading!

Law + tech news round-up

How is it March already?  … if you missed last month’s Australian Digital Alliance’s copyright forum you can now catch up online.

The first public hearing for the inquiry into Centrelink’s automated debt collection processes is being held this Wednesday 8 March; Daniel Solove recently reflected on the 10 years since his excellent ‘I’ve got nothing to hide’ essay. Stilgherrian reported on talk of cyberwar, while a man in Sydney was charged with manufacture of 3D printed guns.  And Nicolas Suzor ponders the question of whether Twitter should dump the US President?  That’s just some of the (relatively) recent law + tech news.   Happy reading.

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 …