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Data security law in Australia

Australia is consulting on the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which is designed to strengthen the security of data storage and transmission and includes obligations on all carriers, carriage service providers and carriage service intermediaries, such as to notify security agencies of any potential risk, notes Lexology. "In addition, but only as a last resort, the legislation gives the attorney-general's department direction and information gathering powers and introduces civil penalties for enforcement. The Register reports concerns that there could be unintended consequences for research networks, quoting Peter Elford, government relations director at the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet): "A research and education network is going to want to deploy and make changes at a rate much higher than a commercial carrier. The sort of things we're doing are likely to be new and innovative by definition." Elford added that the research network does not want to end up in a similar position to its New Zealand counterpart, REANNZ, which has had to suspend its work on software-defined networking (SDN) while it waits for the New Zealand government to decide how much detail it needs on changes to the network under similar security legislation. Lexology: The Register: 

  • Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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