What the Federal Budget means for tech

In an exciting Australian Federal Budget anchored around creating more jobs for Australians to boost the post-COVID-19 economic recovery, the Government maintained an eye on its broader mission for Australia to become a leading digital economy by 2030. Read more

New DAT Bill promotes ‘seamless’ services and public sector data sharing

On 13 September 2020, the Australian Government commenced consultation on the exposure draft of the Data Availability and Transparency Bill (the Bill), which is intended to enable greater data-sharing within government and to facilitate ‘seamless’ service delivery to the public. The Bill aims to minimise constraints on the sharing of public sector data between government … Read more

The ICO publishes its Age–Appropriate Design Code of Practice for online services

Following a public consultation on its draft code of practice with parents, children, schools, children’s campaign groups, developers, tech and gaming companies and online service providers which closed on 31 May 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) submitted its Age-Appropriate Design Code of Practice on 12 November 2019 but due to restrictions in the pre-election … Read more

‘MEGA-FINES’ AND COMPENSATION – HOW MIGHT COMPANIES BE AFFECTED? DEVELOPMENTS IN DATA PROTECTION LAW SEPTEMBER 2019

In this update, we provide you with a brief summary of two recent developments in relation to sanctions imposed under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Firstly, the Berlin Data Protection Authority (“Berlin DPA”) recently announced its willingness to impose multimillion-euro fines for breaches of the GDPR. This shows that also in Germany significant fines … Read more

Exploring bias and discrimination in AI

A recent post on the ICO’s AI Auditing Framework blog explores human bias and discrimination in AI systems, together with some of the technical and organisational measures which can be implemented to mitigate the legal risks associated with these issues. Read more

Cities of the Future

In the spring edition of In-House Lawyer, Matthew White looks ahead to the ever-changing challenges and opportunities of urban growth. “The We Company recently announced new ‘future cities initiatives’ which will combine technology, data and real estate to ‘help address problems spurred by globalisation, urbanisation and climate change.’ The project will involve a team of … Read more

ICO fines EE £100,000 for sending text messages to customers without their consent

The ICO has fined EE £100,000 under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA“) for sending text messages to customers without their consent, in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (“PECR“). Background In February and March 2018 EE sent direct marketing text message to customers informing them that they would soon be eligible … Read more