This blog usually shares a few things that you may have missed in digital, media & technology. This edition is all about Privacy Law Reform because that is the big news this week that will affect your business in many different ways.
Instead of analysing the hundreds of pages of law reform, I’ve suggested a framework on how to approach it and find what may be relevant to you. I’m also working on a podcast for it all too.
- Privacy Act Reform – Discussion Paper. Read the Executive Summary and the consolidated list of recommendations. It will provide the context. The Table of Contents identifies relevant issues that matter to you to deep dive into. A lot to work through and asks as many questions as it makes recommendations – but it does advance how we think about privacy.
- The Online Privacy Bill Consultation. The Online Privacy Bill looks at two major themes. Regulating Big Tech & online service providers and increasing enforcement powers. The drafting doesn’t seem to entirely match the intent in parts. Lots of things could be inadvertently swept up as ‘Large online platforms’ when the intent was to target Big Tech.
- Government trying to criminalise re-identification (again). In 2016, when George Brandis was the AG, he attempted to criminalise re-identifying Commonwealth data that had been de-identified. Leaving aside the question of whether that was really de-identification in the first place, the Government wants criminal sanctions to make data user think twice. This is one of the proposals in the Privacy Act Reform Discussion Paper worth calling out.
These were prepared listening to Soulville by Ben Webster & Oscar Peterson, and are best enjoyed with a coffee – or whatever your choice.
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