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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Advising global cryptocurrency exchange operators on entry into Australian market July 31, 2018

The rise in popularity and demand for cryptocurrency trading has resulted in a number of cryptocurrency exchange operators expanding into different countries, including Australia, to create a global brand. In Australia, new laws and regulations … Continued

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Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

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Do your construction documents conform with the new Ministerial Directions and Instructions for Public Construction Procurement? August 15, 2018

Are you a state government department or public body which procures public construction works and services? Are you in the process of determining which form of contract will be most appropriate for your procurement to issue … Continued

GDPR

In 2018, the Australian and global privacy and data landscape is shifting significantly, with the introduction of both:

  • mandatory data breach notification (MDBN) under the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth); and
  • the new European Union privacy regime, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR will apply to organisations if they process the personal data of people in the EU and do any of the following:

  • offer goods or services to people in the EU – for example, on a website or in marketing material that is in a European currency or language;
  • monitor the behaviour of people in the EU – for example, by using cookies or other data processing techniques which track individuals online; or
  • have an office in the EU.

This means that many Australian organisations will be affected by the GDPR. Fines for non-compliance are eye-watering – up to €20 million or 4 per cent of annual global turnover (whichever is higher).

This is an optimal time for organisations to:

  • consider whether they fall within the ambit of the GDPR;
  • map their data flows and understand the privacy implications; and
  • review and, if necessary, amend their practices, policies and contracts to ensure that they are GDPR-compliant.

Maddocks offers a ‘privacy by design’ approach to proactively ensure whole organisations are privacy compliant. We believe that organisations who are robustly prepared can adjust to the new privacy and data landscape with confidence.

For more on the new privacy laws and practical ways to prepare for them, you can access our GDPR survival guide, co-authored with data security experts Commvault.

If you would like to learn more about the new privacy laws and the GDPR, and specifically how these may affect your organisation, please contact a member of the team.