Protecting Confidential Information and Personal Data during COVID-19 – (April 2020)

Confidential Information/Trade secrets are the most valuable assets of many organisations and this data is potentially exposed to greater risk of unauthorised access, disclosure or use, with employees working remotely and using video conferencing services. Remote workplaces also give rise to increased security risks associated with privacy breaches. This article offers steps for consideration by agencies and organisations which use video conferencing, to help them manage and minimise the risk of data security breach and to protect their confidential information/trade secrets and ensure compliance with privacy laws.

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Compensation for Privacy Breaches (2016 – 30 June 2020) Determined by the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner

Legal Update – July 2020 Data breaches involving an individual’s personal, medical and financial/credit information can result in reputational damage and financial losses.  The Australian privacy law provides for an individual affected by a data privacy breach to seek compensation from the organisation involved in the breach. Stephens Lawyers & Consultants provides a review of… Read More

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Electronic Marketing and the Australian Spam Act 2003 – Legal Update – August 2020

by Katarina Klaric, Principal & Director, Stephens Lawyers & Consultants Electronic marketing campaigns play a significant part in business’s overall marketing strategy for the promotion of their business, goods and services.  They provide an effective tool for the delivery of marketing messages via email or text messaging.  However, businesses utilising electronic marketing communications that are… Read More

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Protecting Confidential Information and Personal Data during COVID-19 – April 2020

by Katarina Klaric, Principal, Stephens Lawyers & Consultants COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in many workplaces requiring their employees to work remotely from home. This has resulted in unprecedented technological challenges for government agencies and private sector/non-for-profit organisations to implement technological solutions which enable secure data access and connectivity for their employees. The use of video… Read More

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Zoom Video Communications and Data and Privacy Risks – April 2020

In adapting to the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces have been relying on Zoom Video Communications’ (Zoom) videoconferencing technology which has enabled people working from home to connect with colleagues and the public. However, as Zoom’s popularity increases, workplaces should consider whether Zoom is the appropriate forum to hold private and confidential workplace… Read More

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