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AI Art Selfies: Some IP and Privacy concerns with the latest social trend

A recent ripple spreading rapidly through social media is an AI art app that creates stylised avatars based on selfies. The Lensa AI app was...

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Directors IDs: Just how personal is this 15-digit identifier?

Nearly 2.7 million Australian Directors have submitted their personal information to the Australian Business Registry Service to apply for a Director...

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Is SaaS / cloud-based software subject to export compliance rules in Australia?

Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies have disrupted and transformed the way many businesses deliver software enabled products and services to...

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Huge Fines for Businesses with Unfair Terms

With effect from 9 November 2022, new laws came into effect which amended the Australian Consumer Law to introduce very serious penalties for...

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Time to break out your Data Breach Response Plan: After more large-scale breaches, major changes are destined for Australian law

The September 2022 Optus data breach served as a wake-up call for the Australian government and businesses alike, driving rapid reforms to the...

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Post Optus Data Breach | Is Your Company’s Data Secure? How to Avoid Serious Harm to Your Business

In September 2022, millions of Australian Optus customers had their data hacked, causing widespread concerns of identity fraud. Optus,...

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Can an A.I. Machine be an Inventor for Patent Registration?

Whether an AI machine can be recognised as an inventor for patent registration purposes raises fascinating legal and social anthropological...

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Corporate Law+ | Electronic Signing – How to Validly Use Cloud Based Platforms

While data and privacy concerns slowed the initial widespread adoption of e-signatures, attitudes have drastically changed towards e-signing and...

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METAVERSE+ | Why Facebook is Really Changing its Name to Meta

The tech giant formerly known has Facebook has recently announced that it will change its name to Meta and sharpen its focus on the development of...

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Should TikTok be Banned in Australia? Federal Parliamentary Inquiry launches over Chinese Data Security Fears

At the same time as the popularity of mobile app TikTok rises exponentially, countries around the world have raised data and security concerns....

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Does wi-fi sniffing breach Australian privacy law?

‘Wi-fi sniffing’ can be used to generate useful insights for businesses without breaching data protection laws. However organisations...

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Google cops world’s biggest data fine

GDPR enforcement is ramping up. The French data protection authority CNIL has just fined Google €50 million, the world’s largest data...

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An update on open banking in Australia

Proposed changes to the Consumer Data Rights (‘CDRs’) to facilitate open banking are another example of the consumer protectionist...

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Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data harvesting controversy

Following a report that data from up to 60m Facebook accounts had been unlawfully used by its’ data partner, Cambridge Analytica, between 17...

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Overview of the Notifiable Data Breach scheme in Australia

The ‘Notifiable Data Breach Scheme’ imposes mandatory obligation on Australian organisations to notify individuals if a data breach that...

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Does the GDPR apply to my Australian business?

The GDPR is a significant milestone for EU privacy law that cements a relatively rigorous privacy compliance regime which can, in certain...

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Overview of the New Australian Privacy Principles

From 12 March 2014, the new Australian Privacy Principles (‘APPs’) impose a positive obligation on organisations to implement practices,...

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Half a million Facebook users reject new data use policy (but not enough)

Was this all a storm in a virtual teacup or was the 30% voter threshold always an impossible...

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