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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Trade promotions update | gift offers: what you need to know

Here is an overview of what permits are required for gift offers, Trade promotions update | gift offers: what you need to know.   Are permits required? In some cases, yes. Permits may be required if there is any chance that a consumer will miss out on receiving a gift. It will all depend on […]

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Trade promotions update | record keeping: a guide

Here is an overview of 2019 record keeping needed for chance trade promotions lotteries, Trade Promotions Update | Record Keeping: A Guide.   What do you need to keep? Each state/territory in Australia (except Tasmania) has its own requirements on what records must be kept for trade promotions. In summary, you’ll need to keep all […]

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Consumer data right coming to the energy sector

The consumer data right (CDR) will provide consumers the right to access specific data in relation to them held by businesses, and to authorise access to this data by trusted and accredited third parties. The aim of the CDR is to provide consumers with more control over their data, which would give consumers more agency […]

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FMCG Express | September Edition

Gadens has brought together a selection of articles from our top lawyers operating across the FMCG sector, to bring you the September edition of the FMCG Express. Covering recent stories such as the Kraft vs Bega dispute, the advertising campaign by Ad Standards and Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation (Australia) Pty Limited v Redbubble Limited [2019] […]

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Consumer Data Right back on track

On 1 August 2019, the Senate passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Consumer Data Right) Bill 2019 to introduce amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, the Privacy Act 1988, and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 to form the framework for the Consumer Data Right (CDR). The bill followed a relatively quick turnover after […]

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Digital platforms inquiry final report released – potentially far reaching privacy impacts for Australian businesses

  Key privacy related points The ACCC supports the introduction of much tougher penalties for privacy law breaches. A direct right of action (and class action) could be introduced for breach of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). The definition of consent could be amended to require express, opt-in consent. There are recommendations to bolster consumers’ […]

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Trade Promotions Update | New Permit Application Fees 2019

Here is an overview of 2019 permit requirements and fees, for chance trade promotions lotteries, Trade Promotions Update New Permit Application Fees 2019.   When and where is a permit needed? For chance trade promotion lotteries, you need a permit in: NSW – always, regardless of prize value ACT – always for promotions where the […]

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Lessons from 12 months of notifiable data breaches in Australia

The notifiable data breach regime under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) has now been in place for a little over 12 months. Earlier this week the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner released a 12-month Insights Report which contains some interesting statistics and observations. Statistics – notifiable data breaches Extrapolating from the full-year statistics for […]

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Major changes to privacy law announced – but will they be implemented?

Key points Commonwealth Government announces large increases to penalties for privacy breaches Regulator to receive funding boost and additional enforcement powers Social media sites and other online platforms face further specific privacy requirements Looming Federal election leaves some uncertainty over whether changes will be implemented Mosque massacre prompts Government into action on privacy law reform […]

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Minimum pricing for alcohol in the Northern Territory

Alcohol sold in the Northern Territory to consumers can no longer be priced for less than $1.30 per standard drink. Full details can be found in the attached overview.

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ACCC preliminary report on Google and Facebook could lead to major privacy law changes

On 10 December 2018 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released its preliminary report in relation to the Digital Platforms Inquiry which the ACCC has been conducting at the direction of the Commonwealth Government. The Inquiry is into the impact of online search engines, social media and digital content aggregators on competition in the media […]

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