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How will data retention laws cope with the Internet of Things?

2:08PM | Tuesday, 3 February 2015 | Philip Branch

One of the many things that is troubling about the current Australian government’s metadata retention proposals is how rooted in the past they are, which could make them obsolete before they even come into force.

When should a startup protect its intellectual property?

1:43PM | Friday, 30 January 2015 | Lachlan McKnight

Everyone knows getting legal issues sorted can be expensive, but if you’re a startup your IP is likely to be your most valuable asset. Working out how, and when, to protect it can be difficult.

EBay hit by million-dollar fraud allegedly engineered by Australian advertising manager

1:07PM | Monday, 19 January 2015 | Eloise Keating

EBay has taken legal action against its former Australian advertising manager and two associates, who it claims were involved in defrauding the online marketplace of millions of dollars in advertising revenue.

Fintech startup Nimble to pull ad amid accusations of misleading consumers

1:47PM | Monday, 12 January 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Payday lender Nimble is reportedly in the process of pulling an ad promoting its loans as a means to pay utility bills.

Will Australia really see tougher drone regulations in 2015?

1:57PM | Tuesday, 6 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

Whether it’s to do with people’s privacy or physical safety, everyone seems to love talking about drones and other remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs).

Will Google’s nightmares never end?

12:49PM | Tuesday, 2 December 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Last week, Google was hit with the commencement of a new legal battle in the UK which proposed to extend its liability for enabling defamation and not doing enough to remove the offending material.

The EU's obsession with Google shows how little it understands the digital economy

12:09PM | Monday, 1 December 2014 | David Glance

The EU’s lack of understanding of the digital economy is evident from the language they have used in their recommendations on the single digital market.

Move over right to be forgotten: Google is in for a new battle

11:26PM | Tuesday, 25 November 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Forget the ‘right to be forgotten’ rule – there’s a new legal case that is set to give Google nightmares.

Digital death and the digital afterlife: How to have one and how to avoid it

10:01PM | Monday, 20 October 2014 | David Glance

In 2012, there were reports Bruce Willis was suing Apple because he was not legally allowed to bequeath his iTunes music collection to his kids. The story was false, but it raised important questions about digital possessions.

Is anything ‘private’ anymore? How social media and tech companies sniff out your data

10:41PM | Thursday, 16 October 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Here are a few of the ways the big social media and tech companies are accessing your data and using it for profit.

Former employee sues AussieCommerce for $5 million over Deals.com.au sale

10:50PM | Monday, 13 October 2014 | Cara Waters

A former employee of AussieCommerce has launched proceedings in the Supreme Court against the online retailer.

ATO guidance on GST treatment of bitcoin at the top of agenda as Senate inquiry is officially announced

10:22PM | Thursday, 2 October 2014 | Kye White

A Senate committee inquiry into bitcoin must examine the ATO’s guidance requiring Australian bitcoin exchanges to charge GST on the value of the bitcoins they supply, industry figures say.

Is LinkedIn using your personal image and email contacts?

10:40PM | Thursday, 2 October 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

If you are a LinkedIn member and have signed up with a profile, then the answer is likely yes! LinkedIn is using your details and may be using your image for its marketing campaigns.

The right to post negative reviews is legally protected

9:42PM | Thursday, 18 September 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Businesses have been sneaking clauses into their customer terms that allow them to keep deposits or ‘fine’ customers for negative reviews. But is this legal?

Startups impatient for change as government inches closer to employee share scheme reform

9:11PM | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Kirsten Robb

Startups say reform of the employee share scheme can’t come soon enough, as the federal government makes progress on its plans to overhaul the scheme.

Google processes more than a million takedowns per day

9:46AM | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Google is receiving one million takedown notices per day. Not for ‘right to be forgotten’ but for copyright infringement.

Thinking about running a competition? Here’s what you need to know

8:04PM | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Have you thought about running a contest or competition to boost sales? Here are the key legal details you need to be aware of.

The winners and losers from the ATO’s bitcoin guidance

8:42PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Alan Tsen

The Australian Taxation Office has released its much anticipated guidance on the taxation treatment of bitcoin. Along with the guidance paper they released a slew of draft rulings.

Do I need insurance for my online business?

8:44PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Many startups and small business owners are unsure about whether they need insurance, and if they do, what sort. It’s a good question which comes up quite often.

Australian law firm focused on startups opens New York and London offices

8:31PM | Tuesday, 19 August 2014 | Kye White

Melbourne-based startup lawyers General Standards is opening New York and London offices to support its Australian startup clients’ international expansions.

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