Archives for January 2013

Useful cases

For those interested in cases on Corporate Law, Technology Law and Intellectual Property, please find a list below of interesting decisions of Australian Courts and links to legislation related to our areas of practice:

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Thumbs down to McDonald’s “send to friend” campaign

Social Media LawIn December 2012, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) issued McDonald’s Australia Limited (McDonald’s) with a formal warning about its ‘send to friends’ facility on its McDonald’s Happy Meal website. [Read more…]

Why do we need a Privacy Act Compliance Audit (PACA)?

What is a Privacy Act compliance audit?

Businesses have responsibilities pursuant to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) to make sure that they comply with the ten (10) National Privacy Principles (NPP) in accordance with the Privacy Act.

A Privacy Act Compliance Audit (PACA) is a threshold assessment that assists an organisation to determine whether or not they are compliant with the Privacy Act.  Further, a PACA can provide an organisation with practical go forward methodologies about the way that they collect, hold, use and disclose an individual’s personal information.

At present businesses are preparing to review their processes as legislative amendments come into force in March 2014.  At this time, further obligations will be imposed by the Privacy Act.  This means that they must adhere to a new set of privacy principles called the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).  Read a summary of the changes here. [Read more…]

How will the new Privacy laws affect your organisation?

What are the changes?

Legislative changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) will come into effect on 12 March 2014.  The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) (Amendments) amends the Privacy Act by introducing:

  • a new definition of Personal Information;
  • the Australian Privacy Principles (APP);
  • a more comprehensive credit reporting system;
  • new provisions on privacy and credit reporting codes; and
  • new powers for the Privacy Commissioner

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