Information & Communication Technology Law
Over 99% of Australians have access to the Internet. This impressive figure has not only revolutionised the way Australians communicate, work and consume entertainment, but it has also impacted the laws applying to information and communication technology. Legal amendments are continuously being implemented to protect Australians from the risks and implications of spending an increasing amount of time online.
ICT law addresses the way we utilise technology by applying practical and ethical regulations equivalent to those that we take for granted in the real world. The issues generated by the Internet of Things, quantum computing, Big Data and cloud computing are provided with solutions under ICT law. This includes social, technological and economic areas of potential concern such as intellectual property, privacy, e-commerce, cyber attacks and fraud.
The benefits of ICT law for businesses are immense. ICT law provides a framework for the proper acquisition, storage and dissemination of digital information. This helps to protect businesses from hacking, fraud and commercial negligence, ensuring that they maximise the benefits of modern technology while mitigating potential risks.
ICT lawyers provide services and insightful advice associated with technology contracts, Intellectual Property, data ownership, software development, consumer rights, human rights and the maintenance of ICT systems, among other technological specialities. If you are looking for commercial ICT lawyers in Sydney, or for further information in relation to Information & Communication Technology (ICT), please do not hesitate to contact any member of our Commercial Law Team.
What is ICT Law in Australia?
ICT law is a dynamic area of law that comprises different branches covered by the Acts of Parliament and the Common Law, including but not limited to:
– Contract law
– Copyright law
– Criminal law
– Banking law
– Labour law
– Privacy and data protection law
– Consumer protection law
– Intellectual property law
ICT law covers both contentious (disputes involving two or more parties) and non-contentious (deals and transactions involving one or more parties) legal work. Due to its multifaceted nature, ICT law is covered by numerous pieces of State and Federal legislation including The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Assistance and Access Act 2018 (Cth), the NSW Crimes Act 1900, The Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (Cth) and the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth).
The inherent complexity of ICT law means that it is extremely important that you secure expert, relevant advice on the implications of this diverse area of law.