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.