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Cryptocurrency and hacking offences introduced to Parliament

The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Ransomware Action Plan) Bill 2022 (Bill) seeks to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Criminal Code), the Crimes Act 1914 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to bring historical legislation into the modern state of play as it relates to threats of ransomware.  The new powers under this Bill complement existing search and seize powers which we’ve previously considered here. [Read more…]

Uber breaches Australian privacy laws

The recent decision by the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner, Angele Falk, (Commissioner) in Commissioner Initiated Investigation into Uber Technologies, Inc. & Uber B.V. (Privacy) [2021] AICmr 34 (Uber) has provided further guidance as to exactly who is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Act) though the ‘Australian link’ set out in subsections 5B(2)-(3) (Australian Link).  A full breakdown of what amounts to an Australian Link can be viewed in another article here.  This article discusses the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) that were breached by Uber and what was decided the ride-sharing entity was to do in response to non-compliance with the Act. [Read more…]

International companies can be bound by Australian privacy laws

The recent determination by the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner, Angele Falk, (Commissioner) in Commissioner Initiated Investigation into Uber Technologies, Inc. & Uber B.V. (Privacy) [2021] AICmr 34 (Uber) provides further guidance on the extraterritorial connection of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Act) though the ‘Australian link’ set out in subsections 5B(2)-(3) (Australian Link).  This article discusses how the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OIAC) will assess whether an entity has an Australian Link to legally bind international entities to the Act. [Read more…]

The Australian Cyber Law Map

The Australian Cyber Law Map (Map) is a collaborative guide intended to help legal practitioners navigate through the detailed and complicated legal landscape of Australian cyber-related legislation and case law. Within the Map, the ever-evolving area of cyber law has existing principles and new development categorises.  The Map and the categories it focuses on can be easily understood via the following visualisation. [Read more…]

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