Insights Categories: Corporate & Commercial

7-Eleven in breach of privacy laws over survey collecting facial images

The Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner, Angelene Falk, recently determined that 7-Eleven interfered with up to 1.6 million customers’ privacy by collecting sensitive biometric information, via in-store customer satisfaction surveys, that was not reasonably necessary for its functions and without adequate notice or consent. This determination is a timely reminder to businesses to collect […]

New Director Identifier Number regime now mandated for all directors

From 1 November 2021, all directors of Australian registered bodies corporate are required to apply for a director identification number (DIN). The DIN regime, administered by the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) and managed by the Australian Taxation Office, has been introduced in order to prevent illegal phoenix activity, track directors’ involvement across different companies […]

Do you really need a copy of my COVID-19 vaccination certificate?

Vaccinated Australians will have, by now, accessed their COVID-19 vaccination certificate, a token of our roadmap out of lockdown. However, the token comes with personal and, in some formats, sensitive information. For example, the: COVID-19 digital certificate which can be saved to a smart phone reveals date of birth; the International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate that […]

Medical Management Plans for children and your system of governance

Approved providers and nominated supervisors will be aware that as part of ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of children, a medical conditions policy must be in place which complies with Regulation 90 of the Education and Care National Regulations (National Regulations). This means that the medical conditions policy must set out the practices of […]

Dangers of adopting branding including a geographic reference

Does the name you have adopted for your business describe the nature of your business and also make reference to the geographic region in which your business operates? Naming your business after its geographical location can provide a trading advantage in attracting customers. The location of the business and the core function of the business […]

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 […]

Selling your medical practice

Aim for a pain free goodbye Meridian Lawyers acts for doctors in the sale and purchase of their medical practices. Here is a brief overview of the legal process, together with tips on how to make the process as pain free as possible.   Step 1 – Gather information about your practice  The doctor selling […]

ACCC alleges SmileDirectClub misled consumers regarding health insurance reimbursements for clear teeth aligners

On 12 July 2021, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against SmileDirectClub Aus Pty Ltd and its US parent company, SmileDirectClub LLC (SmileDirectClub), alleging they had breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACCC claims that between May 2019 and October 2020, SmileDirectClub breached section 18 […]

Modern slavery: New guide released for the financial services sector

Combatting modern slavery is a mainstream corporate responsibility, with certain financial services entities like banks, insurers, and superannuation funds being required to report on their efforts under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (Act). To assist such entities, the Australian Human Rights Commission and KPMG Australia have released a good practice guide on how best […]

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, […]

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