Decryption law: In August 2018, the Federal Government released draft legislation requiring tech companies with end-to-end encrypted messaging services to cooperate with law enforcement agencies. Industry and rights groups, who opposed the proposed law, are waiting for the Government's response.
Read our Australian Government releases draft encryption legislation
Digital platforms: A final report into the Digital Platforms Inquiry, charged with looking at the effect that digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms have on competition in media and advertising services markets, is due by 3 June 2019.
Consumer data right (CDR) rules: The first phase of the CDR, allowing consumers to access particular data, including transaction, usage, and product data, in a useful digital format, commences on 1 July 2019. The rules will begin in the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors, and will be rolled out to other sectors over time. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will have separate but complementary enforcement roles.
Read our The ACCC's Consumer Data Right Rules Framework
Improved conveyancing technology: Technology is increasingly being used in conveyancing practice, enabling integration between searches and enquiries functions, conveyancing matter management and electronic conveyancing. Reliance on, and ongoing development of, technology-based practices is expected to increase in 2019. Further, in 2019, it is anticipated that Sympli, a new Electronic Lodgement Network Operator (ELNO), will commence operating. Currently, the sole Australian ELNO is Property Exchange Australia (PEXA). The aim is for all ELNOs to share information to facilitate electronic settlements even though parties may be using different platforms.