On 13 February 2017 the Federal Parliament enacted the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017, inserting mandatory data breach notification requirements into the Privacy Act 1988. We review the new requirements below.
Peter heads Gilbert + Tobin’s Communications, Media and Data Protection practice in the TMT group.
His primary focus is transactional structuring and regulation for technology, media, communications and internet business corporations. Deal areas include data communications, communications and media infrastructure, platform and services arrangements, e-business, cloud, spectrum sharing and outsourcing agreements. He also advises in relation to communications and e-payments regulation, privacy, interception and data protection. He has particular expertise in cross-border deals and cross-border service delivery and acting for telecommunications and media operators throughout South East Asia.
Peter participates in the IoT Alliance Executive Council and chairs its Open Data and Privacy work stream. The IoT Alliance is Australia’s peak body bringing together industry and governments to address issues affecting IoT adoption and implementation.Peter is a contributing editor of a number of international journals. He previously co-edited the leading industry loose-leaf service Communications Law and Policy in Australia. He writes extensively on technology contracting and contracting and content, data and privacy regulation in the Asia Pacific region.
In 2012/13 he was Australia’s Communications Ambassador, appointed by the Communications Alliance, the peak Australian communications industry body. Peter was the first practising lawyer to be so selected. The citation stated "his style is incisive, pragmatic and solutions-focused, balancing advocacy against the desirability of finding common, workable positions for the industry".
He was recently one of only ten lawyers from across the Asia Pacific region short-listed for the first Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 'Most Innovative Lawyer' Award, based upon research on over 300 submissions from 90 leading law firms and in-house legal teams in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The 2016 International Who’s Who Legal: Media and Communications have recognised Peter as a Most Highly Regarded Individual, their highest ranking which is awarded to a select few individuals. They noted that ‘clients and peers describe him as a “consummate professional” with an “exhaustive knowledge base”’.
Peter chairs the Law Council of Australia’s Media and Communications Committee. He is a former director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand (iappANZ) and current director of Circa, the successful, Brisbane based, international touring circus company that "creates circus that moves the heart, mind and soul".
Peter is ranked as a leading lawyer in all current major global and regional legal directories, including Best Lawyers 2017 (Commercial Law, Defamation and Media Law, Entertainment Law, Information Technology Law, Privacy and Data Security Law, Telecommunications Law), Asia Pacific Legal 500 2016 (TMT), Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 (TMT: Media and Telecommunications), Who’s Who Legal 2016 (IT and Telecommunication & Media) and PLC Which Lawyer 2013 (IT and e-commerce, Media and Telecommunications). Peter is considered "an absolute specialist around specific media definitions." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2016). Sources hold him in high esteem: "He is technically brilliant, really smart."(Chambers Asia Pacific 2015).
Peter was global chair of the technology committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and global vice chair of the IBA's communications committee. He is also an active member of a number of committees of the American Bar Association. Peter is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Media and Telecommunications Law at the University of Melbourne.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Economics and Masters of Laws from the University of Sydney.
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