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Flurry of activity in the Privacy Act review, including tougher penalties and new online privacy framework

This article was co-authored with India Bennett. After months of anticipation regarding the ongoing review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Federal Government has galvanized the Australian privacy landscape with two significant developments. Firstly, the Government has released a discussion paper about the reform of the Privacy Act. The discussion paper considers stakeholder feedback on the issues paper released in October 2020 … Continue reading

US CLOUD Act and International Privacy

The U.S. Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (“CLOUD Act”) is apparently the Goldilocks of the privacy world, according to recent statements issued by two international jurisdictions. The CLOUD Act’s requirements are “too hard” for Australian law, according to the Law Council of Australia, but the privacy protections are “too soft” for the European … Continue reading

Data breach notification to become mandatory in Australia from 22 February 2018

Privacy compliance will become even more important for all companies in Australia now that the mandatory data breach notification scheme has been enacted. From 22 February 2018, certain data breaches (known as “eligible data breaches”) will need to be notified to the Australian Privacy Commissioner and affected individuals.  Previously, notification of data breaches was optional.… Continue reading

Schrems: the global impact – how the ECJ ruling is affecting countries outside the EU and US

A number of jurisdictions around the world follow the lead from Europe in relation to data protection and impose similar restrictions on the export of personal data unless there is an “adequate level” of protection offered in the recipient jurisdiction. The EU Commission’s “US Safe Harbor” decision had permitted the transfer of personal data between … Continue reading
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