Privacy – your obligation to notify breaches will start by February 2018

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Breach Notification Act) had Royal assent on 22 February.  This means that private sector organisations and Commonwealth Government agencies will have breach reporting obligations that start on Thursday 22 February 2018 (unless the Government chooses to proclaim an earlier commencement). Data breaches which occurred before commencement will … Read more

Court considers role of search engine as defamation “publisher” – but declines to find automatic immunity

As noted in the 2016 Victorian Supreme Court case of Google Inc v Trkulja [2016] VCSA 333 (at [13]), “Defamation is a difficult area of the law, even for experienced practitioners and for judges having familiarity with the law of defamation. The difficulty is magnified in the context of the interrelationship between defamation law and … Read more

South Australia’s new plan for energy security

The South Australian Government today announced a new plan to take charge of its energy security and to provide a rapid fix to some of the problems that have plagued the supply of electricity in South Australia over recent months. The strategy includes six key components: Australia’s largest battery storage facility: The State will call … Read more

Congratulations to our Transport team

HWL Ebsworth is proud to have had a number of our Transport team recognised in the latest edition of Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession, in the areas of Shipping & Maritime and Aviation law in Australia. Shipping & Maritime HWL Ebsworth has been ranked First Tier for Shipping & Maritime law in Australia, with … Read more

The evolution of distributed energy generation in australia – Is there a future for ‘Behind the Meter’ trading and blockchain technology

The mechanisms through which energy is generated, transported and delivered to end-use customers has undergone rapid change in Australia in the last several years. The pace of change has been dramatic and has mirrored market changes in other jurisdictions. All of these factors have led to a consistent pattern which is shaping the Australian energy … Read more