Insights

Do you send personal information offshore?

A recent decision of the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner highlights the responsibilities of global corporations with Australian users under Australian privacy law, particularly where the handling of personal information of Australians is outsourced to a company based overseas, whether that be a company within the same corporate group, or an unrelated third party. It […]

The collective bargaining class exemption for small businesses is now in effect

We published an article outlining the collective bargaining class exemption for small to medium businesses approved by the ACCC earlier this year. This exemption came into effect on 3 June 2021 and allows eligible small and medium businesses to engage in collective bargaining with their suppliers without being in breach of the Competition and Consumer […]

Pitfalls of promoting health services on social media

Recently, we published an article outlining the dos and don’ts of COVID-19 vaccine promotion. Our Insight summarises how vaccine providers and other parties can lawfully provide information about and promote COVID-19 vaccines. The promotion of vaccines and health services generally, across a variety of communication mediums, is regulated by advertising laws. Social media in particular, […]

Make privacy a priority, today and every day

Currently, 85% of all Australians have a clear understanding of why they should protect personal information, yet 49% don’t know how to do it. Privacy Awareness Week (PAW 2021) runs from 3-9 May 2021. The theme for PAW2021 is ‘Make privacy a priority’. PAW 2021 is about sharing information and practical tips that empower organisations […]

The dos and don’ts of COVID-19 vaccine promotion

The roll-out of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has begun. Generally, the advertising of vaccines to consumers is prohibited in Australia, however some exceptions are now in place to support the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. To explain these exceptions, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a fact sheet which shows how vaccine providers […]

Do your staff members understand their obligations regarding the handling and storage of personal information?

A recent decision of the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Commissioner Falk, highlights the importance of staff training on the collection and storage of personal information and the need to manage customers’ personal information in an open and transparent way. In 2017, Flight Centre held a ‘design jam’ to create technological solutions for travel agents. […]

Privacy and External Dispute Resolution schemes: Limitations for healthcare credit providers

One of the intentions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) is to enable an effective credit reporting system while safeguarding the privacy of individuals. To ensure that credit providers are able to comply with their responsible lending obligations, Part IIIA of the Privacy Act sets out: the types of personal information that credit […]

Future directions for the Consumer Data Right

On 23 December 2020, the Australian Government released the Report of the Inquiry into Future Directions for the Consumer Data Right. The Report looks at how Australia’s data sharing regime can be enhanced to further benefit consumers and strengthen our digital economy. For Australian businesses in the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors, now is the […]

Does your domain name meet the new trade mark eligibility rules?

From 12 April 2021, there will be new rules for ownership of .com.au and .net.au domain names. The new rules are designed to (among other things) enhance trust in the .au namespaces. The changes being implemented from 12 April 2021 include changes to: eligibility and allocation rules for .com.au, .net.au, .org.au and .asn.au domains the […]

How small businesses can utilise the ACCC’s new collective bargaining class exemption

Small and medium businesses will have the ability to collectively bargain with their suppliers once the first ever class exemption granted by the ACCC commences this month. Background and the ACCC’s class exemption power Since November 2017, the ACCC has had the power to make class exemptions for certain types of conduct which may otherwise […]

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