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In February this year, the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs called for government departments to explore ways to restrict access to loot boxes for those younger than 18 years old, including through mandatory age checks. This recommendation formed part of six broader recommendations made in a Parliamentary Committee report published on 4 March 2020 following an inquiry into age verification for online wagering and online pornography. The report…

On December 17, 2019, The Australian Human Rights Commission unveiled a Discussion Paper on Human Rights and Technology, which includes draft proposals to prevent discrimination driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and intrusive facial recognition. This follows the recent rejection of the Australian Government’s proposed facial recognition legislation by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) due to privacy concerns. The discussion paper proposes a National Strategy on New and Emerging Technologies for Australia to help…

The Australian government on 13 August 2018 published the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill. This Bill will bring important changes to the regulation of electronic communication services in Australia. This proposed new law enables national security agencies and law enforcement bodies to deliver either a request (“technical assistance request”) or a requirement (“technical assistance notice” or “technical capability notice”) that will require a “designated communications provider” (a widely defined term that will…

Australia is one of the few countries where video games are still regularly refused classification (RC), even after the R18+ rating was finally introduced in 2013, which allowed for more mature content in video games than the previous highest MA 15+ rating. Additionally, several video game and movie rating decisions are appealed each year to obtain a lower age-rating to be able to reach a broader audience. Recently the Australian Classification Board (ACB) overturned the…

Mandatory data breach notification (MDBN) becomes law in Australia on 22 February 2018. This is a high-impact development requiring businesses to respond as expenditure on advertising and years of building customer trust through high-quality service and reputable conduct is put at risk by the obligation to inform customers when security measures fail. Does the law apply to you? Subject to some exceptions the mandatory notification provisions will apply to private sector entities subject to the…

Our cyber security chart outlines the existing array of Australian Federal Government programs and organisations related to cyber security. The chart has been updated to include features of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy that was released by the Prime Minister in 2016.The types of government cyber security organisations and programs that are detailed in the chart include:Australian Cyber Security CentreACMAASICACORNOnSecureCERT AustraliaOAICIn producing this chart we recognize that we may not have a complete and accurate picture…

It has been observed that an average car spends only around 5% of its life actually being driven. For most of rest of the time it sits unused parked in a driveway, on the roadside or in a parking station. On this basis, the introduction of automated vehicles could reduce the number of cars needed to meet existing transport demand by as much as 95%.Driverless vehicles also hold out the prospect of freeing up driver…

UPDATE: Please click here for the latest version of our Australian cyber security organisations chart in which we outline the existing array of Commonwealth organisations and programs related to cyber security. The chart has been updated to include the changes implemented and proposed under Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy._______________________________________________________________________________On 21 April 2016, the Australian Federal Government launched a new $230 million Cyber Security Strategy (the Strategy) aimed at combatting the increasing number of online threats and…