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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

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship launches May 1, 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019 The 2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship is now open for expressions of interest. The scholarship – named after Australia’s first barrister of Chinese background – is open to final year law students, law … Continued

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New laws for short-stay accommodation May 20, 2019

The short-stay accommodation changes to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act) are now in force as of 1 February 2019, with Victoria following New South Wales’ lead to attempt to regulate use of … 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.