What am I reading today? 19 Feb 2017

Shelves of books in Stockholm library
What am I reading today?

Here are a few of the stories that caught my attention in the past week or so:

Internet & Technology

American Spies: how we got to mass surveillance without even trying (Ars Technica)

Intellectual Property

Sleep Country gets injunction blocking Sears Canada from using similar mattress slogan (FP)

Privacy

Australia’s mandatory breach notification laws will commence in approximately 12 months’ time. Here’s what you need to know:

How Will Australia's New Mandatory Data Breach Notification Laws Impact Your Business? (LH)
Mandatory data breach notification (OAIC)
Canadian Privacy in the Age of Trump (Michael Geist)
Queensland police say they will not investigate council's audio surveillance (Guardian)

What am I reading today? 11 Feb 2017

Shelves of books in Stockholm library

Here are some of the stories that caught my attention in the past month or so:

Internet & Technology

Google Inc v Trkulja [2016] VSCA 333 (20 December 2016)
Centrelink debt notices based on 'idiotic' faith in big data, IT expert says | Australia news
Is Google about to launch the largest torrent search engine ever seen?
10 things to watch for at the intersection of Tech and Law in 2017
Why that porn site you looked at might be nasty in divorce 

Intellectual Property

Copyright Down Under: The Year that Was, in the Land of “Oz” 
Productivity Commission published its completed report on intellectual property
GeekNation Star Trek Lawyers Don’t Want To Rehash Klingon Language Debate 

Privacy

Airline passenger details easy prey for hackers, say researchers
Privacy chief has 'grave concerns' about listening devices installed in public places by council
The Australian “Ben Grubb” decision and its link to Canada

What am I reading today? 17 Dec 2016

Shelves of books in Stockholm library
What am I reading today?

Here are some of the stories that caught my attention this week:

Technology

Australia’s banks continue to get on the tech bandwagon: NAB is creating an API developer portal‘ to share ATM and forex data, while Suncorp named Microsoft Australia’s managing director as that bank’s new innovation CEO.

Yahoo disclosed a second major hack in which an “unauthorized third party” stole data from more than 1B user accounts.

​Visa and MasterCard joined forces for payment tokenisation. This is a good step, even if it comes too late to protect my credit card from being skimmed.

Telecommunications & Broadband 

The Australian Government will replace the NBN cross-subsidy with a new AU$7 monthly broadband tax, in order to put wholesale NBN and retail fibre services on the same playing field.

Sen. Mitch Fifield was concerned the mooted domestic mobile roaming regime would leave Australian taxpayers funding rural coverage.

Meanwhile, Canadian taxpayers will actually pay $500 million to deliver broadband to 300 rural and remote communities.

Intellectual Property

The “Barossa Signature” wine trade mark litigation was bottled up: The Federal Court held that Pernod Ricard’s (owner of the Jacobs Creek wine empire) use of BAROSSA SIGNATURE on its wines was not deceptively similar to Yalumba’s registered Australian trade mark no. 805652, THE SIGNATURE. 

The US White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator has released a strategy document (PDF) about Internet regulation through “private agreements”.  You can read the EFF’s take on it: White House IP Czar Promotes Shadow Regulation of the Internet

Fashionista has published a very readable primer on copyright, trademark and patent law in the fashion sector.

Privacy

You might know that home digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, record what you say to them, but Wired looks at what happens to your data?

A court in the US state of Florida has ruled that police can force you to surrender your phone passcode in very specific circumstances.

After a “revolt” by users, Evernote has backtracked on its proposed privacy policy change (tempest in a teacup, if you ask me).

Just when you thought NAB was getting its arms around this technology stuff… NAB sent details of 60,000 customers to the wrong email address. To avoid a privacy lawsuit, Google will wait until email arrives in your inbox before scanning it for advertising keywords. 

What am I reading today? 21 Nov 2016

Shelves of books in Stockholm library
What am I reading today?

Technology

Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site
Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

Telecommunications sector

AU: Telco competition law to be repealed

Intellectual Property

Broadcast does not include internet streaming (IPwars.com)
AU: Draft Legislation - Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2017; Regulation 2017

Privacy

'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law with barely a whimper
UK: How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history
UK: The Snooper's Charter passed into law this week – say goodbye to your privacy
Russian courts to block LinkedIn over data protection rules breach

What am I reading today? 21 Aug 2016

Shelves of books in Stockholm library
What am I reading today?

These are the links that caught my attention in the past few weeks:

Telecommunications sector

Spectrum sharing key to IoT, 5G: ACMA

Intellectual Property

Venture capitalists open their wallets for LegalTech
‘Tidal wave’ of law start-ups to come
ACCC to undertake market study of Australian communications sector

Blockchain

Bitcoin drops 20% after $70M worth of Bitcoin was stolen from Bitfinex exchange

What am I reading today? 8 May 2016

Shelves of books in Stockholm library
What am I reading today?

Some of the technology and intellectual property law highlights from the past 2 weeks or so:

  • Australians will be able to register domain names in the .AU top-level domain
  • The Australian government announced a new “Cyber Minister” as part of its cyberstrategy package
  • The Productivity Commission (Australia) has recommended that the Government clarify that circumventing geoblocks is not copyright infringement, and that patent awards should be more restricted.
  • Canada’s Privacy Commissioner will investigate the RCMP’s use of “stringrays” and other mobile surveillance devices
  • The US House of Reps unanimously passed the Email Privacy Bill. If the bill becomes law, US federal agencies would need to get a warrant before searching cloud-stored emails older than 180 days. But it would not require the agency to tell users when they request stored data from a service provider. The bill must still pass the US Senate before it becomes law.

Technology news & policy

auDA to introduce .au direct registrations
Australia to get Cyber Minister as part of AU$240m cyber package

Intellectual Property

Productivity Commission: Rebalance Australia’s IP system
Geoblocking is not copyright infringement: Productivity Commission

Privacy

Privacy commissioner will investigate whether RCMP uses mobile surveillance devices

Law Practice

100 Innovations in Law

Technology law

MsLods' Law + tech news round-up 26 April