BakerHostetler (JD Supra Australia)
Controversial Australian Encryption Act Denounced by Privacy and Cryptography Advocates
Last week, Australia’s parliament passed a controversial act that will enable law enforcement and intelligence agencies to compel access to encrypted communications.
Australia’s New Breach Notification Law Set to Take Effect February 2018
On February 13, 2017, the Australian Senate passed a bill establishing a mandatory requirement to notify the Privacy Commissioner and affected individuals of “eligible” data breaches. The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2016, which was passed by the House of Representatives the previous week, amends Australia’s Privacy Act 1988 and is slated to take effect on February 22, 2018 if
Australia Introduces Draft Privacy Act Amendment Addressing Notification
In 2015, several countries introduced new data privacy regulations and approved new data protection regulators. As the year draws to a close, Australia joins the list of countries advancing new data privacy legislation with the Australian government’s recent release of a draft bill amending its Privacy Act to implement a new security incident notification framework.
Australian High Court Rules Gene Patents Unpatentable
Like the United States Supreme Court, the High Court of Australia has determined that Myriad’s patents directed to purified and isolated DNA molecules encoding the BRCA genes are unpatentable. Indeed, the Australian Court went one step further than the U.S. Court, holding that non-naturally occurring cDNA molecules encoding the genes are also unpatentable.