Big Data Regulation: Coming soon to a business like yours?

The Financial Times recently referred to Big Data as “a vague term for a massive phenomenon that has rapidly become an obsession with entrepreneurs, scientists, governments and the media“. And it does seem to appear from the headlines that there isn’t a real world situation that Big Data cannot be applied to – for example, … Read more

Return of the Snooper: Investigatory Powers Act given Royal Assent

The Investigatory Powers Act (the “IPA“) was given Royal Assent on 29 November 2016, despite being described by Edward Snowden as “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy”. At its core, the IPA is a consolidation of existing legislation such as the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (“DRIPA“), the Regulation of Investigatory Powers … Read more

Nuisance directors? Digital Economy Bill to hold directors personally liable for “nuisance call” fines

On 23 October 2016, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (“DCMS“) confirmed plans to introduce personal liability for directors in relation to “nuisance calls”. Under the proposals, directors could each be fined up to £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO“) which, when combined with existing company penalties of up to £500,000, would create … Read more

Back to the future? Commons Select Committee publishes report on robotics and artificial intelligence

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (“Committee“) recently published its findings following an inquiry into robotics and artificial intelligence (“AI“) in March 2016. The published report examines the potential value and capabilities of robotics and AI, as well as legal issues and adverse consequences to consider in this area. In particular, it considers … Read more

Guide to Big Data and the Australian Privacy Principles

In May 2016, the OAIC released the draft Guide to assist entities to undertake big data activities in accordance with privacy laws. In brief The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released a draft ‘Guide to Big Data and the Australian Privacy Principles’1 (Guide) for consultation. The OAIC recognises the value in and importance … Read more