Senate Select Committee on Fintech and Regulatory Tech publishes interim report

The need for permanent corporate law reforms for virtual company meetings and electronic communications and signatures by companies – Senate Select Committee inquiry on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology interim report and recommendations. In September 2020, the Senate Select Committee inquiry on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology (Committee) released its interim report. The preliminary recommendations […]

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Changes to exemptions to the Electronic Transactions Act 1999 (Cth) yield mixed bag for banking industry

On 29 July 2020, the Commonwealth Government passed the Electronic Transactions Regulations 2020 (Cth) (Regulations), with changes to the scope of Commonwealth legislation that were wholly or partially exempt from the provisions of the Electronic Transactions Act 1999 (Cth) (Act) (Electronic Transactions Act). Exemption from the Act previously had the effect that requirements for writing, […]

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ACCC’s scrutiny of APRA’s licence fees and royalties is music to some businesses’ ears

Everybody will be familiar with hearing music playing in the background in shops, bars, cafes and restaurants or on the radio and TV. Unless there are alternative licensing arrangements in place, these businesses are required to obtain and pay for a licence from Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) to do so. The fees from these […]

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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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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 | 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 | Emergency Measures in Victoria – Electronic execution of deeds and mortgages, and remote witnessing

On 24 April 2020, the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 received Royal Assent. That Act made sweeping changes in various areas, on a temporary basis, to address many practical issues being faced due to the various restrictions in force to seek to minimise the spread of COVID-19. That Act permitted the Governor […]

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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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COVID-19 | Contact tracing? There’s an app for that!

Effective and widespread contact tracing is considered to be a critical step in managing and containing the spread of COVID-19. The Commonwealth has released COVIDSafe, a mobile app to assist in determining who may have been exposed to the virus. Additionally, a contact tracing protocol is being developed by Apple and Google which will be […]

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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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FMCG Express | April Edition

It has been a tumultuous start to 2020, with the devastating droughts and bushfire season, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian businesses have been faced with unprecedented challenges, and the impact on the FMCG, retail and hospitality sectors has been profound. While some areas of the FMCG sector are on the up, others are struggling, […]

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