New announcements made ahead of Federal Government’s updated Cyber Security Strategy release

Cyber note – New developments: Australian businesses to report cyber ransom demands under proposed no-fault system New cyber-risk reporting requirements for Australian telcos With its updated Cyber Security Strategy expected to be released next week, the Federal Government has set the scene, by making a number of early announcements. What is telling is that these […]

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Defamation – what is required to establish ‘serious harm’?

The Federal Court of Australia recently handed down a decision in Selkirk v Hocking (No 2)[1] shedding light on the serious harm element of the cause of action for defamation. Background In November 2019, Ms Selkirk was convicted of multiple counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception by using falsified receipts to return goods […]

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FMCG Express | September 2023 Edition

In this edition of FMCG Express we consider the practicalities of implementing UCT regime required changes, recent ACCC enforcement activity and consider what risks ‘greenwashing’ can pose for our clients. We also touch on employer obligations regarding psychosocial safety and hazards, the Retail Award and other legislative changes. Partner Breanna Davies and the Gadens team […]

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Unmasking errors – the TGA’s post-market face mask review

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recently had to make amends after releasing information about surgical face masks sponsored by M House Pty Ltd (M House) without authority under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth) (Act). The Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) saw a rapid rise of medical device inclusions in the wake of […]

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Fake news? – ACMA to receive new powers to hold digital platforms to account

The Australian Government has set its sights on combatting the growing trend of misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms, including social media channels, with the release of the draft Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023 (Draft Bill) last Sunday. If implemented as proposed, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) would be […]

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The decision is clear – the AAT confirms that the Privacy Act applies to Clearview AI’s conduct

As briefly noted in our Gadens Regulatory Recap on 30 May 2023, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has recently handed down its decision regarding the conduct of Clearview AI Inc (Clearview AI), confirming the applicability of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) to the conduct of entities overseas, and recent amendments to the Privacy […]

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Privacy Act Reforms – will individuals’ rights impact your business?

It has only been three months since the Attorney General’s Office released its report (Report) on the proposed amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The Report made 116 recommendations for reform. The recommended reforms are extensive and will, if implemented, have a substantial effect on how businesses regulated under the Privacy Act […]

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Futureproofing Australia’s Payment System: Unveiling the Government’s Strategic Plan

The Australian Government has released its Strategic Plan for Australia’s Payments System (Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan follows on from the Treasury’s Consultation Paper released in December 2022 and outlines a raft of proposed legislative and policy changes to the current payments system regulatory framework. The foreshadowed changes are significant and far-reaching and are aimed […]

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Digital Tools and Medical Devices used for mental health – is yours a regulated medical device?

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently released guidance on digital tools and medical devices for the mental health sector (Guide).[1] The Guide aims to clarify whether software-based medical devices, products, services and tools used in the mental health sector (collectively, digital mental health products) are regulated by the TGA. Prior to the Guide, information about […]

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Employers, brace for changes to the Privacy Act’s employee record exemption

With everything and everyone moving online, going paperless and adopting flexible work practices, it’s no wonder employers are collecting more and more personal information, including sensitive personal information, from their employees. The employee record exemption At present, an organisation acting in its capacity as the employer (or former employer) of an individual in relation to […]

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Experts share worrying cybercrime figures and give practical advice on safer digital practices

Gadens recently hosted an informative cyber themed panel event, hearing from Robert Feldman (Gadens), Mike Andrea (Oper8 Global), Darren Hopkins (McGrath Nicol) and Trent Nihill (Emergence) where the panel drew on their extensive experience  from different industries to reflect on the high profile data breaches from 2022 and the implications for business in 2023 and […]

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Lessons learned from Australia’s recent spate of data breaches

2022 ended with a number of high-profile data breaches that affected millions of Australians. Barely a quarter of the way into 2023, Latitude Financial has become the focus of the next serious data breach. The government and the regulators have reacted swiftly and firmly, notably with an increase to penalties under the Privacy Act and […]

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