It's known as the ID 'golden ticket'. Once fraudsters get hold of it your life is forever compromised

Smart and security-conscious, Silvana still fell victim to identity theft after her licence was stolen. Silvana's identity theft nightmare started in such a simple way — juggling shopping and two young children at a department store, she left her mobile phone behind in a case containing her credit card and driver's licence. Key points:Identity theft is a growing problem in Australia, costing $2.2 billion per year Some jurisdictions don't let victims change driver's licence details if they are

The Legal Argument That Could Destroy Uber Is About To Be Tested

On October 23, an arbitrator will sit down in Uber’s New York office and hear arguments in a case that could determine the ride-hail giant’s future. It is not about the employment status of a single driver, but rather the very legality of Surge Pricing, Uber’s flagship feature that adjusts the price of rides according to supply and demand principles.

A countess's 54-year love affair with psychedelics is changing what we know about the brain

Amanda Feilding runs the Beckley Foundation from her 500-year-old family estate in the UK. From her family home, Amanda Feilding, the Countess of Wemyss and March, has launched an unlikely renaissance: the return of psychedelic research to the mainstream. The 76-year-old is fresh from a month-long stint in hospital in London following complications from a broken back when she greets me halfway across the orchard of her 500-year-old family estate as the sun sets. As she conducts me around the

The So-Called Lawyer Monopoly

Those who want to say that lawyers have a monopoly should first know how a monopoly operates.

Lawyers fear Australia more open to hacks, leaks after High Court ruling on Glencore

The Glencore documents were among the Paradise Papers files which were stolen from Appleby's electronic file management systems. Could Australia become a more desirable place for hackers to leak stolen and legally privileged documents? And are Australians about to see their fundamental right to have lawyer-client information protected eroded? These were questions that lawyers and their lobbies put on the table even before Glencore lost its High Court bid to have documents leaked as part of the

Australian Leather loses ugg boot legal fight against US giant

A Chicago jury has ordered Sydney-based Eddie Oygur to pay $US450,000 in damages after he lost a trademark battle against a US company for selling ugg boots.

Residents left homeless, crying in the street after Sydney high-rise evacuation

Residents mill around an entrance to Mascot Towers after being told to evacuate. A resident of a Sydney apartment block evacuated over structural concerns says he was left crying in the street and threatened with arrest after trying to re-enter the building to retrieve his pets. Key points:Emergency services were called to Mascot Towers on Friday night after cracking in the building's beams Nearby businesses have been told to stay shut today and cracking has appeared in a hairdressing salon wall

Uber and Lyft face 2 big threats to their business model after new California law

An Uber driver in California is wasting no time seizing upon a new law passed by the state legislature Wednesday that could reclassify ride-hailing drivers from independent contractors to employees.

New Australian Law Threatens Prison For Tech Execs Who Allow Violent Content On Their Platforms

In the wake of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last month, Australia is putting major pressure on Big Tech to prevent the spread of hateful and violent content on their platforms, with a new law that threatens major fines and imprisonment. The law positions Australia at the extreme end of a growing push to police the digital gatekeepers. On Thursday, Australia’s parliament passed legislation that carries penalties of up to 10 per cent of annual global net sales over the 12

Adelaide man awarded $750,000 payout over bad Google review

A woman has been forced to pay $750,000 in damages after posting a one-star review telling others to ‘stay clear’.

10 things you won’t believe are illegal

Australia is known as an easygoing place, but there is actually a whole bunch of acts you had no idea were against the law here.

California lawmakers want to ban those little shampoo bottles you get in hotels

Those little shampoo bottles offered in hotel bathrooms, used once or twice and then usually tossed in the trash, could soon be a thing of the past in California.

New report shines light on who commits animal cruelty and how they are punished

The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council's new report reveals that most cases of animal cruelty handled by the law are in fact animal neglect.

Encryption laws to run up against CLOUD Act and GDPR: Law Council

Laws show the different path Australia is taking to privacy, the Law Council of Australia has said.

If You Want to Protect Online Privacy, You Need to Hit the Data Brokers Where It Hurts

DeleteMe does exactly what its name suggests. When you sign up, their trained internet privacy experts search for and delete your personal information from dozens of leading data broker sites. DeleteMe then sends you a detailed removal report within seven days, giving you a comprehensive rundown of exactly what information was removed as well as the databases which it was removed from. After that, they monitor and remove your information on a quarterly basis for the duration of your subscription.

Why does an industry I've never heard of know so much about me?

Data enrichment companies build sprawling profiles about millions of individuals. Last week, I had a creepy feeling — one familiar to almost anyone on the internet. My personal information had been exposed online, again. My name, email address and information about my work history had turned up in an online database for anyone to find — my details along with those of millions of other people. I received a notification about the incident from Have I Been Pwned?, an online service that lets me

The secretive company that might end privacy as we know it

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.

When granny flats go wrong – perils for parents highlight need for law reform

Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.

Half of new Sydney and Melbourne apartments now valued BELOW their purchase price

With prices in both cities continuing to fall and with a strong pipeline of new units still being built, settlement risks for both buyers and developers may remain elevated for several years yet.

What's mine is yours until taxes do us part: High Court rules on spousal tax debt shifting

A woman succeeded in shifting $250,000 of tax debt onto her bankrupt ex-husband. A recent High Court case has found that a tax debt of one spouse can be shifted to another during a divorce property settlement, which lawyers say is unprecedented and could leave the richer spouse with the debts of their former partner. Key points:The case looks at whether the Family Court can give orders to the ATO as part of the determination of a divorce-related property dispute The Tax Commissioner appealed to

Geoffrey Rush's victory in his defamation case could have a chilling effect on the #MeToo movement

The judgement is a personal and legal vindication for the actor, but it may have unintended side effects for the #MeToo movement and the reporting of sexual harassment allegations.

Could you fight your bank in court? These people did — and the fallout was enormous

Every man who is his own lawyer, the English writer Henry Kett said, has a fool for a client. But what if you don't have a choice? Many Australians are forced to stand up in courtrooms and represent themselves when they feel they have been wronged by a financial institution. It's a gruelling, confusing process...