ACMA issues record fine for spam

Today ACMA has announced that it has fined Woolworths $1mil for breaches of the Spam Act. This is the highest fine that the Authority has issued.

| Posted by Akash Pandey
The consequences of a lax approach to data governance

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) decision on Cathay Pacific's data breach highlights the consequences of being complacent with data governance. With more than 9.4 million individuals affected, Cathay Pacific was fined the maximum penalty of £500,000 under the Data Protection Act 1998 (UK). 

| Posted by Aperion Law
The worrying world of deepfakes

Increasingly sophisticated AI is leading to a rise of highly realistic ‘deepfake’ videos. This highlights the close relationship between technology and privacy and underscores the fundamental principle that individuals should be able to determine if, how, and when their information about them is used.  

| Posted by Aperion Law
Facial Recognition Systems, Bias and Surveillance: IBM Bows Out
Client Update - sophisticated threat actor behind cyber-attack on Australian businesses
What we can learn from the Grubman ransomware attack
Are employers vicariously liable for data breaches of their employees?
What you need to know about the COVIDsafe Tracking App

On Sunday 26 April 2020 the Federal government released the COVIDsafe app to trace the spread of the coronavirus in Australia. The app which will act as a proximity detector to assist with contact tracing. It is voluntary to join, but concerns have been raised on possible impacts on privacy. This is what you need to know. 

| Posted by Aperion Law
COVID-19 Relief: IP Australia Announces Certain Fee Waivers and Time Extensions
Mandatory Code of Conduct - SME Commercial Leasing Principles
Director Insolvent Trading

In light of the current COVID19 pandemic, the government has created temporary relief from the duty to prevent insolvent trading.

| Posted by Akash Pandey
COVID-19 and Contracts

With unprecedented uncertainty in the current business landscape, you may be wondering: what happens to your contractual commitments?

| Posted by Akash Pandey
Innovation patent ceases to exist - what impact does that have on Australian patents?
Intellectual Property Rights: The Strange Cases of the Macaque and the Machine
Share price valuation: market value or fair and reasonable value?
Drafting contracts: more than a conversation?

The decision of Petropoulos v CPD Holdings Pty Ltd provides an important lesson for businesses entering into a contract to fully record their intentions in writing and abide by them. The case emphasises the NSW Supreme Court’s strict approach towards enforcing written terms over any verbal variations. 

| Posted by Lauren Howe
Privacy, Reputation and Trust
Lessons Learned from the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme

Coinciding with the start of Privacy Awareness Week, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released the Insights Report on the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme, reviewing its first twelve months of operation.

| Posted by Sam Hartridge
Privacy Awareness Week

A preview Privacy Awareness Week in Australia beginning on 12th May, explaining the importance of data security and safeguarding your customers and your own personal data online

| Posted by Angus Hunter
Data breaches continue to bite! – Notifiable Data Breaches Dec 2018 Quarter