Region: Australia

Australian watchdog backs privacy framework reform

An Australian watchdog has recommended wholesale reform of the country’s privacy laws – which it says are unfit to police current data practices.

31 July 2019

Australia’s encryption law probably incompatible with CLOUD Act and GDPR, lawyers warn

The Law Council of Australia has said that a controversial law that enables government agencies to compel companies to access and decipher encrypted communication clashes with major US and EU data laws.

22 July 2019

Going over the top

Over-the-top applications like WhatsApp have replaced telecoms services as the world's preferred method of electronic communication. As more and more of these services offer end-to-end encryption, governments are having to rethink how they get hold of information that was once easily accessible.

09 April 2019

DLA Piper promotes in eight countries

DLA Piper has promoted 11 technology lawyers to partner in its latest round of promotions.

03 April 2019

Australia begins roll-out of data portability scheme

Australia’s competition watchdog has released draft rules governing data portability in the banking sector.

02 April 2019

Microsoft GC hits out at Australian interception law

Microsoft’s chief legal officer has criticised Australia’s recently passed interception law, saying that decryption provisions contained within it will make companies like Microsoft less willing to store data in the country.

28 March 2019

Australian competition watchdog calls for GDPR-like rights

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has released a government-ordered report detailing concerns over Google’s and Facebook’s data-collection practices and calling for “more regulatory oversight”.

11 December 2018

Study calls for more mass data interception scrutiny

A report on legal safeguards against bulk surveillance regimes has urged more judicial oversight in protecting civil rights.

13 November 2018

Australian judge orders Chinese data export

Telecommunications manufacturer Hytera must send Chinese documents into Australian litigation, despite its arguments that doing so could breach China’s data localisation laws.

06 November 2018

Lawyer highlights “different mindset” of Australian consumer data right

An Australian lawyer has noted that the incoming Australian consumer data right has a different philosophy to data subject rights under more typical privacy rules.

10 October 2018

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