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ONLINE Smarts – Tips to protect you and your family?

The online world provides a space for entertainment, social connection, and educational opportunities for all members of the family. The connectivity allows families to keep in touch and widens the opportunity to learn and connect.   Online usage can be varied including:   The 5-year child playing on their favourite app   The 15-year-old joining Instagram to connect … Read more

Three Billy Goats Gruff: Addressing the Troll under the Bridge

The proposed Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2021 Context behind Bill The Federal Government’s proposed Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2021 has begun being drafted in Canberra largely as a response to the High Court decision of Fairfax Media Publications; Nationwide News Pty Ltd; Australian News Channel Pty Ltd v Voller [2021] HCA 27 (Voller). This landmark … Read more

What are the Privacy Laws for Employment Verification?

When applying for a new position, a potential employer will want to verify a candidate’s credentials. Falsifying information is not uncommon and this process ensures employers are hiring candidates with bona fide experience.   According to the Future of Work 2021 Special Report “employers reported that 66% ‘exaggerate skill level’ on their resume “  These statistics combined with the growing job seeking population demonstrate the value … Read more

Cyber Security for Australian Business

THE THREAT ENVIRONMENT In June 2020, the Prime Minister brought to the Australian public’s attention the vulnerabilities which they may face through unsecure cyber assets. He announced that, after attacks from a “sophisticated, state-based cyber actor”, the Government was on heightened alert to the relatively new threat to Australian industries and businesses. [1] The threat … Read more

Life after Lockdown: Queensland Rental Rules to be Reinstated

At the height of coronavirus in 2020, the Queensland Government introduced the COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation 2020 (Qld) – the goal to effect temporary changes to the operation of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act[1]in order to provide greater residential and financial security to vulnerable tenants in a pandemic-stricken world. However, with society slowly … Read more

Memorandum on information privacy law

Information Privacy Law as a Current and Evolving Issue  Due to Facebook-Cambridge Analytica, Lloyd v Google LLC, and COVID-19-related contact tracing regimes imposed around the world giving rise to widespread collections and exchanges of data and personal information, the concerns around the role and operation of privacy law has been on an upslope.[1]   Organisations such as schools, businesses, restaurants, cafes, churches and their related entities must pay attention to how privacy … Read more

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DEFAMATION ACT 2005 (QLD)

Defamation is commonly regarded as an imputation or assertion which would cause ordinary, reasonable members of society to think less of someone. It must be published and it must be untrue. Previously, to “publish” such an imputation or assertion required the physical printing and dissemination of a document but, with the wider reach and influence of online platforms, … Read more

Borrowing Dulls the Edge of Friendships

Case Note: Richardson v Wagner [2021] QDC 24 In the immortal words of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of Husbandry”[1]. Put simply – loans and relationships often do not mix well. This principle was clearly on display … Read more

Department of Home Affairs Breaches Privacy Act – A Lesson and Reminder

‘WP’ and Secretary to the Department of Home Affairs (Privacy) [2021] AICmr 2 (11 January 2021)[1] – DHA Breaches Privacy Act Earlier this month, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (AOIC) determined and declared that the federal Department of Home Affairs (DHA) had breached the privacy of 9,258 individual asylum seekers living in various … Read more