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Data Breach - what now? Complying with the privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017

Are you aware that if your health or community service loses a hard drive, experiences cyber-crime or provides an unauthorised person with access to patient files, you are now legal obliged to report this data breach?

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 became mandatory earlier this year, requiring all businesses in Australia to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), and any impacted individuals, about all data breaches that are likely to result in serious harm to any individuals whose personal information is involved in the breach.

At this session Michael  Gapes and David Hansen will provide an overview of the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme, outlining practical instructions on how to comply in the event of a data breach and the steps you can take to protect your service.




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Michael is a partner in Carter Newell’s Financial Lines team, having practised exclusively in this area since 1992. He has worked in New Zealand, the UK, Europe and for the past 15 years at Carter Newell Lawyers in Brisbane.

Michael defends high level professional indemnity claims across a wide variety of professions including the medical profession, allied and complementary health practitioners, property industry participants, brokers and financial advisers. In undertaking this work, Michael regularly appears in courts of all jurisdictions, state and disciplinary tribunals and at official investigations and enquiries.

In addition, Michael has an extensive history in defending directors and officers of large ASX listed companies and smaller entities, as well as defending and advising on employment practice liability claims across a broad spectrum of industries.
Michael is one of Queensland’s leading cyber experts and is often engaged to advise on policy coverage issues arising out of these claims.

Michael has been recognised as a Leading Queensland Defendant Medical Negligence Lawyer and a Leading Queensland Professional Indemnity Lawyer in Doyle's Guide 2017, and is one of the QLS Council nominated members of its Professional Conduct Committee.

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