Copyright Act holding back AU$600M in productivity gains: analyst

10 September 2012:  ZDNet reports that the Australian Copyright Act’s strict exceptions framework is stifling productivity gains that could be worth AU$600 million per year, according to analyst firm Lateral Economics. Exceptions detail very specific situations where restrictions on using copyright material do not apply. Any copying of copyright material that falls outside of those […] Read more »

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Optus turns to Copyright review for TV Now relief

7 September 2012:  ZDNet reports that after failing to get the Australian High Court to hear its appeal in the TV Now copyright case, Optus and legal experts are turning to the Copyright Act review for answers.  Optus and legal experts alike believe that the Australian High Court’s decision not to hear the TV Now […] Read more »

Electronic marketing must include unsubscribe – ACMA Spam Act formal warnings

6 September 2012:  The Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued formal warnings to Aussie Web Tech Pty Ltd and MyCRA Pty Ltd for failing to comply with the Spam Act. Investigations by the ACMA into the two unrelated businesses found that both had breached the Spam Act by sending marketing messages which did not […] Read more »

CSA Presents Privacy Level Agreement Initiative at European Parliament

5 September 2012:  The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has announced a working group to support EU data protection regulators’ recommendation on cloud computing. Data privacy and protection remains a major impediment to the broad adoption of Cloud services. In an effort to help Cloud Service Providers and potential Cloud customers objectively evaluate privacy standards, and […] Read more »

New powers for the ACMA to strengthen telecommunications consumer protection

5 September 2012: The Minister for Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced new measures to ensure that consumers continue to be strongly protected and represented in the telecommunications sector. The Gillard Government is providing additional powers to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to make new rules to better protect telecommunications […] Read more »

2012 US Democrats Platform Endorses Internet Privacy

4 September 2012:  The Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) reports that the 2012 US Democratic Party National Platform supports the Obama administration’s Internet Privacy Bill of Rights to protect consumer privacy. Separate provisions in the platform call for privacy protections for broadband deployment, intellectual property enforcement, and cybersecurity laws; the Democratic platform opposes voter identification […] Read more »

Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code now in effect

1 September 2012:  The registration of the new Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code, with new regulations governing the Australian telecommunications industry, commenced on 1 September.  The new code replaces the 2007 TCP code following a review that commenced in 2010.  The new code is enforceable by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (‘ACMA’).  The new […] Read more »

Funding to support NBN legal assistance partnerships

30 August 2012:  Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, have announced the first round of successful applicants to share NBN legal assistance partnerships. “All Australians, no matter where they live, should have access to quality community legal services,” Ms Roxon said. “Through this program, the […] Read more »

Survey shows success of open government reforms

27 August 2012:  Research released by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) confirms that Australian Government agencies are moving closer to an open access and proactive disclosure culture. Reforms to the federal Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) in November 2010 were designed to progress open government in Australia.  These reforms included […] Read more »

Australia to introduce certification process for cloud computing vendors

14 August 2012:  The Australian online reports that Australia is poised to become one of the first countries in the world to introduce a certification process for cloud computing vendors, a plan that could come to fruition in 2014. The groundwork is being prepared by the National Standing Committee for Cloud Computing, a body established […] Read more »

ACMA commences proceedings for breach of undertaking under Spam Act

14 August 2012:  The Australian Communications and Media Authority has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court in Sydney against JER Pty Ltd (JER) for breach of an enforceable undertaking under the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) (Spam Act). Following an ACMA investigation into its e-marketing activities in 2011, JER, a nightclub promoter trading as ‘Urban Agent’, […] Read more »

FTC Finalizes Settlement with Facebook

10 August 2012:  The Federal Trade Commission has finalized the terms of a settlement with Facebook first announced in November of 2011, the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) reports.  The settlement follows from complaints filed by EPIC and other consumer and privacy organizations in 2009 and 2010 over Facebook’s decision to change its users’ privacy […] Read more »

Google Hit by Record Fine for Privacy Violations

9 August 2012:  Cellular News reports that Google has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it misrepresented to users of Apple’s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking “cookies” or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement […] Read more »

$27 million to NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program

8 August 2012:  The Government has awarded $27 million to 12 projects under the NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program which uses new technologies to offer better access to education and training opportunities students.  Read more about the program from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Environment at Read more »

Apple co-founder Wozniak sees trouble in the cloud

5 August 2012:  Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted “horrible problems” in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold, reports Robert MacPherson of the Associated Press.  Wozniak was outspoken on the shift away from hard disks towards uploading data into remote servers, known as cloud computing. “I really worry […] Read more »