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Aug 14, 2019 3:02:24 PM / by Tal Williams posted in Business Corporate & Commercial

Corporate & Commercial Partner Tal Williams recently caught up with Tracy Angwin, CEO of the Australian Payroll Association, to discuss a range of issues surrounding payroll and data privacy.


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It is often thought that the law is slow, and unable to keep up with technological change - although it is important to note that this is not always the case.

More often than not, the law is sufficiently clear, but is effectively sitting in wait for someone to launch a challenge over a new piece of technology, in order for it to actually be applied.


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Holman Webb Partner, Tal Williams speaks with Lawyers Weekly in this podcast about GDPR one year on, and what Australian firms can learn from the issues experienced by overseas businesses.


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Domain Names


US investment

On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury took the first step toward implementing the recently enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) by publishing new regulations that empower the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review transactions that were not previously subject to CFIUS scrutiny.


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Sep 25, 2018 8:43:59 AM / by Tal Williams posted in Business Corporate & Commercial Technology Law

Many damaging cyber incidents occur as a result of employees, or ex-employees seeking unauthorised access to data and systems.  Indeed, more than a third of cyber breach incidents reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commission in the second quarter of 2018 arose as a result of compromised or stolen credentials and consequent unauthorised access.


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Sep 20, 2018 2:13:20 PM / by Tal Williams posted in Business Corporate & Commercial Technology Law

There is a well-known cartoon drawn by John Klossner that depicts a boxing ring. In one corner, ready for the fight, is data security, with firewalls, encryption, antivirus software etc. and in the other corner is your employee – Dave – wearing a t-shirt saying “human error”.


On the 25th May 2018 the EU introduced a unified regulation to deal with the protection of data. This regulation is known as the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).


Tips for lawyers
  1. Be tech savvy; know what kind of block will be most effective.
  2. Cover all bases; the primary purpose test and the discretionary matters in subsection (5) mean you need evidence about the website, its owner and its functions.
  3. Investigate; no matter how hidden they are, you need to at least make reasonable efforts to determine the website operator’s identity and notify them of the proceedings.
  4. Co-operate with the ISPs; this is a no fault provision- therefore, the proceedings don’t have to be adversarial. The more issues that can be agreed, the easier the application will be.
  5. Think past the orders; have a mechanism in mind for expanding/modifying the initial orders to cover domain shifting etc.

Online copyright infringement has been a problem for content owners since the inception of the internet. The unauthorised downloading (and uploading) of copyright material is especially prevalent in Australia, where a 2015 survey estimated that Australians download movies, songs and television programs in the hundreds of millions each year.1 While content owners have been criticised by some for not making content available in Australia (or making it available at a comparatively inflated price), the unauthorised downloading of copyright material is a clear infringement of content owners’ rights.  


Sep 1, 2016 12:00:13 PM / by Tal Williams posted in Business Corporate & Commercial Technology Law

Readers would be familiar with the contents of the SPAM Act. Essentially, the Act requires that an electronic communication must not be sent without the consent of the recipient, it must contain clear and accurate information about the person or organisation that authorised the sending of the message, and it must contain an “opt out” or “unsubscribe” provision so the recipient can choose not to receive emails in the future.


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