New Trade Promotions Regulation in NSW

New South Wales has introduced a new regulation governing trade promotions. Here’s how it will affect you. The new Regulation As noted in our recent update, the Community Gaming Regulation 2020 (NSW) took effect on 1 July 2020. While the NSW government had consulted with stakeholders on a draft of the Regulation, significant changes were […]

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Consumer Data Right – becoming an Accredited Data Recipient

The Consumer Data Right (CDR) reached a further milestone on 1 July 2020, as the Big 4 banks are now required to share consumer data in response to a consumer request. At present, this includes data from debit and credit cards, and savings and transaction accounts, and from November 2020 will include data from home […]

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SPAM should only be found on the Supermarket shelves – not in my inbox!

A recent case in which Woolworths Group Limited (Woolworths) was fined $1,003,800 by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for over five million breaches of the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) (the Spam Act) is a stark reminder of the importance of establishing and maintaining rigorous controls to ensure that commercial electronic messages are only […]

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Major Trade Promotion Changes in NSW

Major changes to trade promotions regulations in New South Wales take effect tomorrow (1 July 2020). The key change implemented by the Community Gaming Regulation 2020 is that a permit will no longer be required for a trade promotion with a total prize pool worth $10,000 or less. This is a significant change that will […]

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Google’s purchase of Fitbit raises anti-competitive concerns

On 18 June 2020, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its Statement of Issues detailing its preliminary concerns with Google’s proposed acquisition of Fitbit. The ACCC has raised concerns with the proposed acquisition on the basis that it may provide Google with access to large volumes of consumer health data (in addition to […]

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COVID-19 | Coronavirus and Trade Promotions: The Latest

COVID-19 has interrupted the marketing and promotional activities of many businesses. We look at the changes being implemented by the trade promotion regulators around Australia in response to the pandemic. Click below to download the full article.   For details of all our COVID-19 tips and updates, visit the Gadens COVID-19 Hub.   Authored by: David […]

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Don’t play games with Australian consumer rights

The Federal Court has ordered that Sony Interactive Entertainment Network (Sony) pay AUD$3.5 million in penalties as a result of making false and misleading representations to consumers in connection with their rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Background Sony is incorporated in the United Kingdom and is responsible for the PlayStation Network (PSN). It […]

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COVID-19 | Disaster Profiteering Outlawed (for now)

The Australian Government has outlawed price gouging for some essential goods until 18 June 2020 under a new Biosecurity law.  Here is what you need to know. The Australian Government has passed a new determination to prohibit price gouging for certain “essential” goods (Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Essential Goods) Determination 2020 (Cth)). […]

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How to gain a marketplace advantage by anticipating privacy law changes

1.            Changes to privacy law are coming It seems almost certain that significant changes to privacy and spam law will happen in Australia within the next 1-2 years. There has been a tide of significant changes to privacy law in other jurisdictions.  Most notably: The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in […]

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Trade promotions update | Instant win

Instant win promotions are usually considered games of chance in Australia. Here is an overview of the permits required, with our recommendations and tips to consider when running an instant win promotion.                                   Authored by: David Smith, Partner Jessica […]

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Major trade promotions changes proposed in NSW

The New South Wales government is proposing big changes to the way trade promotions are regulated. It has released a consultation draft of the Community Gaming Regulation 2020, which will give effect to the changes. In this update we explain the key proposed changes and some areas of uncertainty. Most notably: permits will no longer […]

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Draft Privacy Safeguard Guidelines for Consumer Data Right Released

What is the Consumer Data Right? The new Consumer Data Right (CDR) will take effect in February 2020, first in the banking sector then later in the telecommunications and energy sectors. The Government’s objective is to promote competition, choice and innovation. For example, it should become easier for a consumer to change banks because they […]

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