Communications & Technology » Data Protection (Privacy)

The proliferation of social media and the increasing use of cloud technologies have forced organisations to take heed of the changing dynamics of a newly converging media frontier. Like it or not, constantly-evolving technology comes with its own set of privacy issues.

Today’s biggest privacy issues include the ability to monitor and control data -- particularly personal information -- used "in the cloud", and using cookies to market to online users and drive behavioural advertising. We’ve also seen increased demands for international privacy audits to determine the Australian position for multinational organisations.

Corrs helps clients stay on top of privacy issues, including using personal information for conducting lotteries, running promotions and future marketing. We also advise international organisations on transferring employee data overseas and can offer guidance on using cookies and other automatically generated software in behavioural advertising.

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Andrea Kennedy

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Frances Wheelahan

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James North

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Philip Catania

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Our Experience

Privacy law changes for Financial Services

With major changes pending in Australian privacy laws, Corrs has been appointed to act as sole external legal privacy adviser to one of Australia’s largest financial services groups, incorporating banking, insurance and wealth management.

Corrs is working on an ongoing basis to help the Group manage its obligations to comply with the privacy law changes which take effect from March 2014. We are advising across a wide range of issues including on privacy policies, credit reporting, direct marketing activities, internal privacy procedures and service arrangements with suppliers. 

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No love lost: Five lessons to be learned from Cupid Media’s privacy breach

The Privacy Commissioner found Cupid Media failed to take reasonable steps to secure its users’ personal information of. What are those reasonable steps?

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Privacy, profiles and targeted online advertising - Don’t risk falling foul of the APPs

Collecting personal information to tailor online advertising to individuals raises distinct privacy issues.

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Google fined $1.32 million for breach of privacy: Implications for your privacy compliance program

The ‘right to be forgotten’ is worth remembering.

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ALRC'S 'Invasions of privacy' reforms: Protecting privacy at the expense of freedom of expression

A proposed privacy change may stop media defendants being able to use public interest as a defence for invasions of privacy.

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Serious invasions of privacy by the media: ALRC calls for increased media regulator powers

A new proposal would give the ACMA power to award compensation for losses caused by a broadcaster invading an individual’s privacy.

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Major changes to Australia's Privacy Act: Why they matter for foreign IT suppliers doing business in Australia

On 12 March 2014 extensive changes to Australia’s privacy laws will come into effect.

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Privacy law changes start on 12 March 2014

If you’re not ready for the privacy changes, here are five tips to reduce your risk.

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New privacy law - How to get compliant

Tougher privacy rules start in March 2014 - Are you ready?

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Privacy laws are affecting Australia’s cloud industry

Cloud computing providers are struggling to determine their obligations under Australia’s Privacy Act.

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New principles for privacy - Compliance is key to new privacy laws

Proposed changes to Australian privacy laws will have significant impacts on business, some of which they may not be expecting.

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Kate Middleton obtains injunction in relation to topless photos - But can the Palace contain further publication of the images in the digital age?

The unauthorised pictures of the Duchess come at a time of renewed debate on privacy laws in the UK and when privacy reform in Australia is imminent.

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Social media explosion leaves defamation law at the starting gate

The social media phenomenon is testing our laws that protect privacy and reputation.

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Copyright and the Digital Economy - ALRC inquiry needs broader scope

Australians need a copyright system that works. One they can respect. Our copyright laws need to provide certainty, encourage innovation, and enhance the free flow of information.

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Social media - Manage the risks and leverage the power

The power of social media has revolutionised the way consumers connect with brands, connect with other consumers to discuss brands, and source other consumers’ opinions about brands. But what are the legal issues you should be aware of?

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Convergence Review: Federal Court throws Committee Optus TV Now curve-ball

The enormity and complexity of the task of regulating media and content services in a converged environment was thrown into sharp relief by the Federal Court’s recent decision in the Optus “TV Now” case.

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Convergence Review Interim Report: recommendations risk further uncertainty

Expectations for the Convergence Review are high – that it will produce a new regulatory framework that is fair, flexible and doesn’t stifle innovation.

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Our Experience

Privacy law changes for Financial Services

With major changes pending in Australian privacy laws, Corrs has been appointed to act as sole external legal privacy adviser to one of Australia’s largest financial services groups, incorporating banking, insurance and wealth management.

Corrs is working on an ongoing basis to help the Group manage its obligations to comply with the privacy law changes which take effect from March 2014. We are advising across a wide range of issues including on privacy policies, credit reporting, direct marketing activities, internal privacy procedures and service arrangements with suppliers. 

Our Thinking

Convergence Review Interim Report: recommendations risk further uncertainty

Expectations for the Convergence Review are high – that it will produce a new regulatory framework that is fair, flexible and doesn’t stifle innovation.

Convergence Review: Federal Court throws Committee Optus TV Now curve-ball

The enormity and complexity of the task of regulating media and content services in a converged environment was thrown into sharp relief by the Federal Court’s recent decision in the Optus “TV Now” case.

Social media - Manage the risks and leverage the power

The power of social media has revolutionised the way consumers connect with brands, connect with other consumers to discuss brands, and source other consumers’ opinions about brands. But what are the legal issues you should be aware of?

Copyright and the Digital Economy - ALRC inquiry needs broader scope

Australians need a copyright system that works. One they can respect. Our copyright laws need to provide certainty, encourage innovation, and enhance the free flow of information.

Social media explosion leaves defamation law at the starting gate

The social media phenomenon is testing our laws that protect privacy and reputation.

Kate Middleton obtains injunction in relation to topless photos - But can the Palace contain further publication of the images in the digital age?

The unauthorised pictures of the Duchess come at a time of renewed debate on privacy laws in the UK and when privacy reform in Australia is imminent.

New principles for privacy - Compliance is key to new privacy laws

Proposed changes to Australian privacy laws will have significant impacts on business, some of which they may not be expecting.

Privacy laws are affecting Australia’s cloud industry

Cloud computing providers are struggling to determine their obligations under Australia’s Privacy Act.

New privacy law - How to get compliant

Tougher privacy rules start in March 2014 - Are you ready?

Privacy law changes start on 12 March 2014

If you’re not ready for the privacy changes, here are five tips to reduce your risk.

Major changes to Australia's Privacy Act: Why they matter for foreign IT suppliers doing business in Australia

On 12 March 2014 extensive changes to Australia’s privacy laws will come into effect.

Serious invasions of privacy by the media: ALRC calls for increased media regulator powers

A new proposal would give the ACMA power to award compensation for losses caused by a broadcaster invading an individual’s privacy.

ALRC'S 'Invasions of privacy' reforms: Protecting privacy at the expense of freedom of expression

A proposed privacy change may stop media defendants being able to use public interest as a defence for invasions of privacy.

Google fined $1.32 million for breach of privacy: Implications for your privacy compliance program

The ‘right to be forgotten’ is worth remembering.

Privacy, profiles and targeted online advertising - Don’t risk falling foul of the APPs

Collecting personal information to tailor online advertising to individuals raises distinct privacy issues.

No love lost: Five lessons to be learned from Cupid Media’s privacy breach

The Privacy Commissioner found Cupid Media failed to take reasonable steps to secure its users’ personal information of. What are those reasonable steps?

Our Experts

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Andrea Kennedy

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9672 3552
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David Smith

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3345
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David Yates

Partner Perth +61 8 9460 1806
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Eugenia Kolivos

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6316
Frances Wheelahan

Frances Wheelahan

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3380
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Helen Clarke

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9818
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James North

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6734
OROURKEJohannawebsitegreySIZEDTH.jpg

Johanna O'Rourke

Special Counsel Sydney +61 2 9210 6289
GAYJustinwebsitegreySIZEDTH.jpg

Justin Gay

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9672 3457
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Michael do Rozario

Special Counsel Sydney +61 2 9210 6566
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Philip Catania

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3333