The ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report Released: Big changes to Australia's privacy and consumer laws recommended
The Final Report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Digital Platforms Inquiry was released on 29 July 2019. The Report includes 23 recommendations which encompass a broad cross-section of laws, including competition, consumer protection, privacy law and media regulation, which reflects “the intersection of issues arising from the growth of digital platforms”.
Our Focus Paper provides a summary of the various ACCC recommendations to amend and strengthen Australia’s privacy and consumer laws.
ACCC finalises Guidelines on IP exemption repeal – are you ready?
With the repeal of the IP exemption in the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) about to take effect, the ACCC has issued in final form its guidelines to help business work out what the repeal means for them - “Guidelines on the repeal of subsection 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)”
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
How the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will impact Australian business?
The GDPR will overhaul data protection throughout the EU and enters into force on 25 May 2018. It has exterritorial reach beyond the EU, which could affect a large number of Australian businesses.