Tag archives: harm

Paying a Cyber Ransom – should you do it?

Ransomware incidents continue to be the most common cyber-related attacks against businesses. Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer system (or threatens to release data) until or unless a sum of money is paid (often in Bitcoin). When a ransomware attack strikes, it can have an immediate and debilitating effect … Continue reading

OAIC releases 12-month data breach scheme report – encourages entities to move beyond compliance

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) this week released its 12-month Insights Report for the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme (Report).  The Report shows trends and noteworthy statistics from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, reporting an uptick in notifications and identifying the most common cyber trends leading to a requirement to … Continue reading

Privacy Shake-Up – Tougher Penalties and More Funding

What’s happened? The Australian Attorney-General’s department has announced a proposed new regime that would make changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Act). The proposed changes would see a significant expansion of the powers afforded to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), particularly with respect to the scope of penalties that may be … Continue reading

I’ve been breached! Do I need to notify?

The Notifiable Data Breach Scheme (NDB Scheme) came into force on 22 February 2018, resulting in various changes to Australia’s privacy law.  In this post, we look at how to identify which data breaches are “eligible data breaches” and need to be notified to the OAIC and affected individuals under the NDB Scheme. Which data … Continue reading

What Australia’s new data breach notification law means for privacy and serious harm

Despite unprecedented levels of privacy breaches and ongoing debate, there is still no statutory regime or binding common law in Australia that establishes a cause of action for breach of privacy.  However, the upcoming introduction of the mandatory data breach notification law, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 – which takes effect on … Continue reading
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