Panel: How Australia's Mandatory Breach Disclosure Law Will Impact Your Business
After several years of discussion, Australia's Parliament passed a mandatory breach notification/disclosure law in February. It requires organisations to notify affected consumers and regulators, ensuring transparency in an era of ever-increasing cyberattacks. Although large organisations generally follow the advice of Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and voluntarily disclose breaches, the new law brings a complex issue to the forefront to some for the first time. The legislation also comes after a January federal court decision that loosened the definition of what constitutes personal information, excluding IP addresses and other network information not directly collected from a customer. In this one-hour session, attorney Gordon Hughes, a data protection expert and partner with the law firm Davies Collison Cave, will kick off the discussion with a walk-through of the legislation, discussing key compliance questions that arise. Hughes will analyse the implication of the January ruling, in light of the law, and what obligations organisations should keep in mind as they contemplate their own compliance considerations. From there, we will move into an interactive panel discussion about the new law and what it means for Australian businesses of all sizes.