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  • From body cameras to self-analysing toilets - Privacy considerations with new technologies in the workplacePosted on May 21, 2017 by
    Many of our clients introduce new technologies into their workforce with the aim of improving safety – recently we have seen employers, ranging from emergency services and health providers to construction firms, introducing body cameras, and there are plenty of smart phone apps which assist with WHS compliance. New technologies As well as the technologies we are familiar with, there are a raft of new sensorised technologies which are quickly becoming economically feasible for wide deployment. For example, sensorised flooring, which is currently being developed to address fall risks in healt...
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  • Big Business Don't (Wanna) CryPosted on May 14, 2017 by
    Over the weekend an unprecedented ransomware attack spread malicious software known as 'WannaCry' around the world.  Britain's National Health Service was one of the more high-profile victims, with the service forced to cancel surgery, close emergency rooms and divert ambulances as a result of the attack.  And while a British-based, self-confessed 'accidental hero' managed to halt the spread of the WannaCry virus, and Australia appears to have escaped the worst of the fallout, the consequences for business, government and individuals are far from complete, with the Australian...
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  • Metatags, meta-problemsPosted on May 8, 2017 by
    A new Full Federal Court decision appears to have upended the treatment of metatags in the trade mark infringement context. In Accor v Liv Pty Ltd [2017] FCAFC 56 at first instance, the applicants brought a claim alleging the respondents engaged in 18 instances of trade mark infringement by the use of HARBOUR LIGHTS in connection with an apartment rental business.  All of the infringement findings were upheld on appeal, but one warrants special mention – relating to the metatags used by one of the respondents, Liv Pty Ltd (Liv). The evidence disclosed that the source data for Liv'...
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  • Back to basics – negotiating IP rights in technology development agreementsPosted on April 12, 2017 by
    Businesses frequently choose to engage third party providers to build technology to support business activities. The process of developing and commercialising an idea requires a significant investment of both time and capital. Whether you are commissioning an app or having a developer create a website, it is important to ensure that you enter into a robust agreement with the developer that protects your IP and confidential information and maximises your return on investment. To ensure that the developer is able to provide a product that meets the needs of your business, you will often need t...
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  • Perspectives on Cyber Risk 2017Posted on March 17, 2017 by
    We are delighted to announce the publication of our second annual cyber security survey report, Perspectives on Cyber Risk 2017. The 12 months since the publication of our last report has seen some of the most devastating cyber incidents yet.  No organisation type or industry has been spared.  From finance, retail, hospitality and healthcare, to mining and resources, utilities, professional services and education – it's clear that everyone is fair game in cyberspace. In the context of an increasingly stringent regulatory landscape, and the ever increasing interconnection of organis...
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  • Looking back at 2016 – Privacy RecapPosted on February 27, 2017 by
    2016 set the stage for changes to Australian privacy laws with two key amendment bills introduced. Further, major legislative (and other) changes were recommended by the Productivity Commission in its draft report into data availability and use. Overseas, the EU General Data Protection Regulation was published. There were also a number of OAIC determinations. Finally, the Federal Court interpreted the meaning of 'personal information' (although this occurred in early this year, not 2016). We look at these legislative changes and other developments in Looking back at 2016 - Privacy Recap
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