News / 24.01.2020

On January 20 2020, for the first time Victoria was declared a state of disaster as a result of the bushfires which have ravaged the state since August 2019.  The Attorney General has made an emergency declaration under Part VIA of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) - Privacy (Australian Bushfires Disaster) Emergency Declaration (No. 1) 2020 (Declaration). This declaration will expire on 20 January 2021.  “The Declaration will allow appropriate access to personal information about an individual impacted by the bushfires to help with a timely response to the bushfire emergency.”  “It recognises the need to use personal information to provide...

News / 04.10.2019

In 2017, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a special publication that represented a shift, perhaps controversially, in the management of passwords for the U.S. Federal Government.  Although the guidelines are not binding on us here in Australia, NIST advisories remain highly influential for technology related matters. The guidelines provided a number of mandates including: password lengths should be increased to up to 64 characters; password hints should not be allowed; and password reset options such as “What was the name of your first pet?” should not be allowed. Perhaps the two most controversial recommendations were that: passwords...

News / 07.06.2019

The VSCL's May panel focused on disruption to the legal industry and how the legal landscape is changing. This panel was run by the VSCL's Chelsea Davine who acted as moderator for panellists Leah Paff from the Lemonade Traders, Sacha Mcmonagle-Ihasz of Ineffable and Tessa Ramanlal of HSF and ANIKA Legal who each shared their views on legal disruption. Legal Disruption Versus Innovation The panellists kicked off their conversation by explaining their views on the differences between innovation and disruption. Innovation was put forward as the concept of finding new or improved ways of doing business whereas disruption was differentiated from innovation...

News / 06.05.2019

On 18 March 2019, the VSCL ran a panel event on the current encryption law debate and how Australian businesses and, in particular tech start-ups, are likely to be impacted by the new laws. Moderated by Robert Ceglia (Lawyer @ Corrs), the panel consisted of Michael Swinson (KWM Partner, TMET - Mergers & Acquisitions) with expertise in IT and telecommunications law; Georg Thomas (Corrs National Security & Risk Manager) a Certified Ethical Hacker, Georg offered our panel a technical and risk management insight on encryption issues; and Michael Pattison (ContractProbe Founder) who offered insight both from a start-up perspective, and from his strong foundations in the technology and...

News / 29.04.2019

Disruption of the legal industry often generates heated discussion. Change is upon us, uptake is increasing, and yet the view that ‘tech will take our jobs’ is rife throughout the legal sector. For this post, Chelsea Davine chats with Ineffable’s Sacha Mcmonagle-Ihasz on disruption in the legal sector, and how the legal landscape is changing, ahead of the VSCL’s Wine and Cheese over Legal Disruption panel event taking place at RMIT on Thursday 9th May from 6pm. Click here to register. Introduction Sacha Mcmonagle-Ihasz Sacha is the head of Creative at Ineffable – a software development firm which specialises in using technology to...

News / 16.04.2019

On 28 February 2019 VSCL ran a panel event where VSCL President Priyanka Nair moderated a discussion between Madeline Oldfield, Sam Flynn, and Reuben Stanton on what design thinking is and how it can be utilised by lawyers to improve legal services for end users. Sam Flynn, enterprising lawyer and co-founder of Melbourne legal tech start up Josef spoke about his experience building the MYKI Fines website, and more recently, co-founding Josef. MYKI Fines, a website dedicated to helping people be aware of what rights they have when faced with the controversial on the spot fines from MYKI inspectors, received a staggering...

News / 27.02.2019

Despite confusion about how the laws of mathematics could possibly co-exist with the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (Cth) (AA Act),[1] the AA Act has (somehow) now successfully survived for over 2 months. What’s more, rumours have circulated that Australian intelligence and law enforcement agencies have actively been exercising their powers under the AA Act.[2]  Unfortunately the strict secrecy provisions in the AA Act[3] mean that three key questions about these enforcement actions will remain unanswered – How many notices have been issued?  Who has received a notice? What have “designated communications providers” been ordered to...

News / 07.02.2019

A bubble or echo chamber occurs when individuals only get exposure to knowledge and opinions which meet their own preferences and beliefs. A filter bubble occurs as a result of algorithms delivering personalised content online. The downside to living in a bubble being you no longer obtain exposure to other viewpoints. A banker’s bubble might narrow their viewpoint down to an evaluation of services based on the ability to make money. A lawyer’s bubble might narrow their viewpoint down to an engagement in activities which build their own reputation. A technologist’s pursuit of innovation might occur in a bubble where they fail...

News / 20.07.2018

In light of the EU's record-breaking € 4.3 billion antitrust fine against Google for its Android system, let's discuss what it means to compete with digital platform intermediaries in an online world. Join us for our next panel discussion taking place at Melbourne Law School on Thursday 2 August 2018 from 6 to 7:30pm. Please register here: https://www.vscl.org.au/events/ ...

News / 13.06.2018

If you are a drone enthusiast and have views to share with the VSCL on UAV regulation, we look forward to seeing you at our discussion group event next Thursday at KWM! Follow this link to register: https://www.vscl.org.au/events/ ...