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GDPR Update: What do the new laws mean for Australian Digital Media and Advertising Companies?

In less than six months, every country within the EU will undergo the greatest change in decades to data protection laws. The changes come into play on 25 May 2018 and are seen as a step change - not a revolution - for data protection processes and rights in the EU.

Regulations     Regulations     IAB Australia     2017     Guideline

From 22 February 2018, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) will include a mandatory data breach notification scheme. This means you will have to alert authorities and all affected individuals about any ‘eligible data breach’ which takes place in your company.

Overhaul of the Data Management Framework - June 2017 Update

Last month (May 2017) the Productivity Commission’s Final Report into Data Availability and Use was released by the Federal Government.

Data Availability and Use: Productivity Commission Draft Report - Oct. 2016

The Government draft report was released on 3 November 2016. The public is invited to examine the draft report and to make written submissions by Monday 12 December 2016.

The final report is expected to be handed to the Australian Government in March 2017.

Review the Data Availability and Use paper and the overview guide below. Also included is an infographic.


Trademarks Act 1995

The Trademarks Act 1995 (Cth) (updated July 2016) covers the registration and the authorisation of use for symbols, slogans, sounds, names, designs and other unique indicators in order to establish an identity of products and services.

Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)

The Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (updated July 2016) deals with, among other things, the protection of the content, layout and images built within advertisements. 

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth)

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) covers content and paid advertising across commercial television, commercial radio and pay TV, including media ownership.

Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)

The Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (updated April 2016) deals with regulatory behaviour of corporates, directors' duties and reporting. 

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (Updated Jan. 2011) deals with, in particular, the Australian Consumer laws.

Spam Act 2003 (Cth)

The Spam Act 2003 covers the use of electronic messages of a commercial nature by way of email, text, multimedia messaging and instant messaging.

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