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  • Australia’s Encryption Bill Becomes Law

    On December 6, 2018, the Australian Parliament passed a bill that aims to address concerns raised by national security and law enforcement agencies regarding encrypted communications. Introduced in September, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (the Act) may affect technology companies around the globe.  As discussed in our previous post,...

  • Australia Proposes New Encryption Legislation

    In August 2018, the Government of Australia unveiled a new proposed bill that would grant the county’s national security and law enforcement agencies additional powers when confronting encrypted communications and devices. The text of the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (the “Assistance and Access Bill” or the “Bill”) states...

  • IoT Update: Scotland and Australia’s Gold Coast announce IoT network initiatives

    As a sign of increasing localised investment in IoT networks, in recent days both the Scottish Government and Australia’s City of the Gold Coast have announced IoT networks using low power technology solutions.  The Scottish Government’s plan is part of a wider initiative to promote IoT services across the Scottish economy whereas the Gold Coast...

  • Australia and Malta Adopt Different Approaches to Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Regulation

    The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (“AUSTRAC”) recently implemented a new regulation for digital currency exchange providers operating in Australia called the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (Digital Currency Exchange Register) Policy Principles 2018.  AUSTRAC is Australia’s financial intelligence agency and is responsible for the enforcement of Australia’

  • Tobacco plain packaging laws: public health as a basis for restricting branding rights

    Should a government be allowed to take away branding rights for a product that is widely acknowledged to be unhealthy?  That’s exactly what happened in Australia—in December 2012, Australia’s controversial “plain packaging” tobacco law came into force with the enactment of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011.  The Act requires cigarette companies to manufacture and...

  • Australia Introduces New Privacy Act

    By Daniel Cooper, Fredericka Argent and Ezra Steinhardt On 29 November 2012, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner announced that the Australian government passed the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) (“the Act”). The Act, due to come into force in March 2014, is the biggest reform to Australian privacy law in...

  • EU Watchdog Raises Privacy and Data Protection Concerns About Proposed Treaty To Protect Intellectual Property

    Earlier this week the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) adopted an Opinion on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (“ACTA”) between the EU and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Mexican States, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, the Swiss Confederation and the USA. The Agreement...

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