The final report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("the ACCC") in what is known as the "Digital Platforms Inquiry", was released on 26 July 2019. The ACCC’s long-awaited report is some 600 pages long and makes a large number of recommendations covering the practices of the media, advertising, journalism and marketing.
In a recent jointfrom the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter and the Minister for Communications and the Arts, the Hon Mitch Fifield, it was revealed that the Federal Government is proposing to introduce a new penalty regime under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the “Act”) to ensure Australians are protected when using online services, and that major social media companies take action to protect the personal information they collect about Australians, particularly children.
Defamation laws are governed by individual states and territories. However, in late 2004, the Attorneys-General of all the states and territories supported the enactment of uniform model defamation provisions across their respective jurisdictions. This move was necessitated due to the rise of digital media and publications, which cross state borders. As a result, the Model Defamation Provisions were prepared by the Parliamentary Counsel’s Committee and were approved by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General on 21 March 2005. By mid-2006, all Australian states and territories had adopted the Model Defamation Provisions as legislation.
Following the release of the exposure draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 (CTH) (‘the Bill’), IP Australia has released the exposure draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Regulations 2018 (CTH) (‘the Regulations’) for public comment.
The exposure draft for the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 (CTH) (‘the Bill’) was released for public consultation from 23 July to 31 August 2018. The Bill is yet to be introduced to Parliament.
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