Government releases mandatory data breach notification discussion paper

17 October 2012:  The Federal Government has released a discussion paper on mandatory data breach notification laws.  Such laws would require organisations to notify consumers and the Government when data breaches occur. Mandatory breach notification procedures are in place or being considered in a number of other jurisdictions, including the EU, the UK and Ireland, and a number of […] Read more »

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OAIC annual report: FOI and privacy activity increases

16 October 2012:  The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its Annual Report 2011-2012. The report shows that the workload of the OAIC has steadily increased across its three key functions, Freedom of Information (FOI), privacy, and information policy. The report reveals that FOI Act reforms have contributed to an overall increase […] Read more »

NBN construction commenced for 165,000 more premises

15 October 2012:  The Federal Government has announced the commencement of construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) for approximately 165,800 homes and businesses. Maps  have been released for 40 areas covering an estimated: 44,700  homes and businesses in New South Wales 31,200  homes and businesses in Queensland 27,600  homes and businesses in Victoria 27,100  homes and businesses in […] Read more »

CNT Corp pays infringement notices for misrepresenting the speed of fibre-to-the-premises broadband services

15 October 2012:  CNT Corp Pty Ltd has paid infringement notices and offered an enforceable undertaking to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after it was found that it offered and charged for wholesale fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband internet services at data transfer rates that its network could not support.  The three infringement notices […] Read more »

ACCAN Position Statement: Copyright and Consumers

9 October 2012:  Consumer advocacy group the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has issued a position statement discussing consumers and copyright law, particularly in regards to the issue of illegal downloading and online copyright infringement. The paper tackles some of the issues surrounding the protection of consumer rights at a time where strengthening of online copyright protection is […] Read more »

Assange to target Gillard in possible defamation law case

8 October 2012: Julian Assange has hired lawyers to investigate a defamation law case against the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, for defamation over a claim that WikiLeaks acted ”illegally” inleaking about 250,000 US diplomatic cables. In an interview from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, Mr Assange said Ms Gillard’s comment, made in late 2010, was used by Mastercard Australia, […] Read more »

Attorney’s General discuss national guidelines for social media

8 October 2012: The Commonwealth and State Attorneys General have met in Brisbane to discuss possible measures to regulate comments on social media that may be prejudicial to the outcome of criminal trials. The discussion follows concerns that the trial of the man accused of the rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher may be […] Read more »

Telstra Ordered to Comply With TCP Code Following Consumer Info Breach

8 October 2012: Telstra has received a direction from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to comply with a privacy clause in the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code (the TCP Code) after a failure to protect the personal information of some of its customers. This is the first such direction under the new TCP Code after […] Read more »

ACCC final access determination for the declared local bitstream access service

5 October 2012:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its final access determination (FAD) for the declared local bitstream access service (LBAS).   The LBAS is a wholesale access service for fixed line networks that have been built or are upgraded after January 2011. The LBAS is provided to residences and small business where the […] Read more »

ACCC takes part in ICPEN internet sweep focussing on consumer protection online

18 September 2012:  The ACCC has joined with 40 consumer protection countries around the world to focus on ‘fine print’ online shopping.  The ACCC is taking part in an information gathering sweep that is being coordinated by the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN), targeting traders using confusing or misleading fine print to avoid obligations […] Read more »

US beats Australia in data-protection laws: Microsoft

13 September 2012:   ZDNet reports that data-protection laws are better in the US than in Australia, and concerns around data sovereignty in the cloud are unwarranted, according to Microsoft technical evangelist Rocky Heckman. He was speaking at Microsoft’s TechEd conference in the Gold Coast. Data sovereignty is still a big hurdle for public cloud […] Read more »

Australian Internet Governance Forum

12 September 2012:  Plans for the inaugural Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF), jointly convened by the IIA are underway. The auIGF to be held in Canberra 11 -12 October is a multi-stakeholder conference that will bring government, industry and community members together to discuss Internet-related policy issues, exchange ideas and best practices. It is jointly […] Read more »

Google AdWords in the High Court

11 September 2012:  The High Court of Australia has heard submissions in the third round of litigation between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Google over Google’s Adwords service.  The current issue before the Court is whether Google is responsible for the misleading implied representations made by the advertisements. A full summary of […] Read more »

Telecommunications customer premises wiring rules released for public consultation

11 September 2012:  A new draft of the Communications Alliance’s telecommunications customer premises wiring rules has been released for public consultation. The AS/ACIF S009 Installation Requirements for Customer Cabling (Wiring Rules) Standard (in its various guises) has been the backbone of the cabling industry in Australia for several decades. The objective of the Standard is […] Read more »