August 2014

August 29, 2014 2:31 PM | Posted by Joseph Cram | Permalink
The OAIC recently released a new edition of its Data Breach Notification Guide, which provides general guidance for organisations and agencies on how to respond to data breaches. This blog post provides some brief comments on the new edition of the Guide. read more
August 25, 2014 3:00 PM | Posted by Charles Alexander and Helen Paterson | Permalink

On 30 July 2014, the Government released its Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper (Discussion Paper).  The Discussion Paper contains a number of proposals designed to address online piracy.  The proposals relate to the extension of authorisation liability for copyright infringement, the availability of injunctive relief to block infringing overseas websites and the extension of the safe harbour scheme that is currently restricted to carriage service providers.

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August 25, 2014 9:34 AM | Posted by Megan Evetts | Permalink
A five judge bench of the Full Federal Court in AstraZeneca AB v Apotex Pty Ltd [2014] FCAFC 99 (Besanko, Jessup, Foster, Nicholas and Yates JJ) have dismissed AstraZeneca's appeal in relation to two of its rosuvastatin (Crestor) related patents, which concern the treatment of patients with high cholesterol. read more
August 25, 2014 8:00 AM | Posted by Paul Crossley | Permalink

The internet may allow new voices to be heard, but it also exposes all types of businesses, not just traditional publishers, to the risk of costly defamation proceedings for content accessed through their websites. The NSW Supreme Court has recently examined the limits that may be imposed on defamation actions arising out of online publications. 

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August 15, 2014 3:27 PM | Posted by Loren Blumgart & Anthony Borgese | Permalink
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released a revised version of its "Guide to Information Security: 'Reasonable steps' to protect personal information" (the Revised Guide).  The Revised Guide aims to provide more clarity in assisting organisations and government agencies in meeting their information security obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).  In this article we look at the key elements of the Revised Guide. read more
August 12, 2014 9:38 AM | Posted by Harry Aitken & Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
The Commonwealth Department of Finance (Finance) has released a Discussion Paper on Cloud Procurement (Paper) which proposes the introduction of a whole-of-government procurement panel (Panel).  Finance's aim is to provide 'simple access to cloud procurement' and to 'support a flexible, agile and competitive marketplace for cloud services'. read more
August 7, 2014 2:32 PM | Posted by Loren Blumgart | Permalink
On 26 June 2014, the European Commission (EC) released the 'Cloud Service Level Agreement Standardisation Guidelines' (the Guidelines) to assist EU businesses in using cloud services. The Guidelines were developed as part of the EC's Cloud Strategy, which aims to increase trust in cloud services, by improving the clarity in understanding the technical and legal aspects of services described in cloud service contracts (known as service level agreements (SLAs)). Contributors to the development of the Guidelines include Google, IBM, Microsoft and SAP, which marks the first time that large cloud service providers have agreed on common guidelines for SLAs. read more
August 6, 2014 10:28 AM | Posted by Harry Aitken | Permalink
Sony has agreed to a preliminary settlement of $15 million (USD) in a class action law suit over cyber-attacks on its networks in 2011. The settlement, which follows a £250,000 penalty imposed by UK authorities against the tech giant in 2013, serves as a salient reminder that companies may be exposed to significant liability if they fail to protect their users' personal information. read more