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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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Latest Case

Advising on market-changing divestments September 25, 2018

Maddocks  acted for the founder of Australia’s largest private pilot training school, Soar Aviation, on the group’s 50 percent sale to Australian private equity investor The Growth Fund. Soar Aviation was started in 2012 by … Continued

Latest News

Strong signals: Maddocks advises on television broadcast services outsourcing October 10, 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018 Maddocks has advised NPC Media on its deal to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre. NPC Media is a joint … Continued

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When being natural can be misleading: recent consideration of organic product claims October 15, 2018

Recent decisions by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Court of Appeal have demonstrated that it can be a fine line between branding and product claims: with a wrong step amounting to … 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.