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China's State Council has issued plans for three new Pilot Free Trade Zones in Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian, and the expansion of its Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. It also updated its foreign investment negative list and announced trial procedures for national security review of foreign investment in all free trade zones. The expansion of China’s free trade zone program is set to advance the country’s financial reform journey and improve its ability to compete with more established rivals in the Asia-Pacific region.
A recent decision has clarified that the Federal Court is unable to receive submissions on an appropriate penalty (or range of penalties) from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). This represents a significant change to the settlements process under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA) and, because it affects all current or contemplated negotiations with the ACCC, is likely to have a chilling effect on future settlements.
The ALRC Report, among other things, considered the attitude of young people to privacy, social networking, the capacity of young people to exercise rights under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and privacy of young people in their capacity as online consumers and as students at schools. The ALRC Report contained 12 recommendations directed towards the protection of the privacy of young people, very few of which have been adopted.This article, first published in the Privacy Law Bulletin (March 2015), considers some of the issues relating to privacy and young people; examines some practices, legislation applying in other countries, and some decisions of overseas courts; and attempts to provide some guidance as to how to approach the issues in Australia.