Webinar | Cyber Security in 2020

The Victorian Society for Computers and the Law (VSCL) and the North American Australian Lawyers Alliance Incorporated (NAALA) present Cyber Security in 2020. Moderated by Paul Cenoz, President of the NAALA, the panel navigated an insightful discussion of the current state of cyber security, including Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020; best practice in regards to […]

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FSR Wrap | July 2020

Gadens has launched a new financial services regulatory update publication to keep the market informed of the latest developments – welcome to FSR Wrap. Gadens has extensive knowledge and expertise across the financial services sector. In the July 2020 edition of FSR Wrap, Edward Martin, Liam Hennessy, Glenn McGowan QC, Dudley Kneller and Gadens’ FSR […]

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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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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 | MSP Webinar Series – Managing data breaches for your customers

During the COVID-19 pandemic there are a number of legal issues affecting the MSP community. For this session of our MSP webinar series (hosted on Friday 22 May), Dudley Kneller, a partner in Gadens’ Intellectual Property and Technology Team, was joined by Blare Sutton of McGrathNicol to discuss how to effectively manage a data breach […]

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COVID-19 | Stay Cyber Safe

In this joint publication with strategic communications agency Pesel & Carr, we break down how to manage your privacy obligations and communications effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been an uptick of reports of bad actors using the COVID-19 pandemic for scams, online frauds, and phishing campaigns. With new remote working arrangements and workplace […]

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Real estate agent email hacked but buyer pays the price

If you have bought or sold a property recently, you probably received a warning about relying on emails directing you to pay money to a particular bank account without first checking with the sender that the email has not been altered. Given the amount of money involved, real estate transactions are a prime target for […]

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COVID-19 | COVIDSafe update: legislation and source code

The Commonwealth Parliament has now passed legislation to regulate the collection and use of COVID app data. In addition, the Commonwealth Digital Transformation Agency has now released the source code for the app, which has allowed independent analysis of how the app operates. This update discusses the legislation and the commentary in relation to the […]

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COVID-19 | Hindsight is 20/20: Reviewing telehealth privacy controls post-implementation

In the current COVID-19 pandemic environment, telehealth services have shifted from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ for health service providers and patients.  Within a few weeks, health services have seen the rapid implementation of telehealth platforms, including the move to cloud-based services to facilitate remote working arrangements. Now that these platforms and […]

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COVID-19 | Myths and legends behind COVIDSafe

By now, we are sure you have read countless articles and have heard varying opinions on the Federal Government’s new COVIDSafe app and you may still be struggling to decide whether or not to take the plunge and download it. On Monday, the Federal Government released draft legislation regarding the COVIDSafe app in an attempt […]

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Would you like a free burrito?

Would you download a fast food store’s mobile app, hand over your personal information, reveal your credit card details, and give access to your location data, simply to receive a free burrito? Me too.  But how are we really paying for it?  And what happens to all of that data? This article will let you […]

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COVID-19 | COVIDSafe – An update: what do the experts think?

As expected, the COVIDSafe app has spurred debate, and has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of “data privacy experts” (including politicians) who are willing to publicly express their views! Since our earlier article, there have been a number of developments, including those discussed below. While there are those who have enthusiastically installed the […]

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