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The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has finalised a new Information Security Prudential Standard (CPS 234) coming into effect on 1 July 2019.  CPS 234 will apply to all APRA regulated entities, including insurers. The purpose of CPS 234 is to ensure that an APRA regulated entity has measures in place to be resilient against information security incidents, including cyber-attacks. Why introduce a new prudential standard? The release of CPS 234 follows a…
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) recently released its third quarterly report in relation to data breaches notified under the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme between 1 July and 30 September 2018. For this quarter, the OAIC received 245 data breach notifications which is on par with the previous quarter. With this being the second full quarter report released by the OAIC, it is becoming easier to recognise certain trends in data breach…
Starting 1 November 2018, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) replaces the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), Credit and Investments Ombudsman (CIO) and the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal. The AFCA is now the ASIC approved External Dispute Resolution (EDR) scheme for consumer and small business complaints for Australian financial and credit industries. All financial firms should now be members of the AFCA, as the deadline to register was 21 September 2018. For insurance industry participants, this includes…
In the recent Western Australian Court of Appeal decision of WFI Insurance Ltd v Manitowoq Platinum Pty Ltd & Ors [2018] WASCA 89, the former Chief Justice rejected the District Court judge’s interpretation of a condition in a business liability insurance policy that the insured had relied upon to deny indemnity. Summary The District Court judge held that the insurer could not deny indemnity on the grounds that the insured had failed to ‘comply with…
APRA has recently released the final versions of three Prudential Standards which will apply to private health insurers (PHIs) from 1 July 2019.  New versions of the following prudential standards have been released: Prudential Standard CPS 510 – Governance; Prudential Standard CPS 520 – Fit and Proper;  and Prudential Standard HPS 310 – Audit and Related Matters. APRA has also released two Prudential Practice Guides, CPG 510 and CPG 520, to help private health insurers…
In mid-2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that almost a third of sampled businesses are using commercial cloud computing services.  This year, Gartner reported Australian businesses will spend $4.6 billion on cloud services (an 18.5% increase from last year). Below we highlight some of the risks for businesses associated with the use of cloud services and provide tips to mitigate some of those risks. Vendor lock-in Some cloud service providers can make it difficult…
Think of one of the greatest nightmares of your professional life. For the management team of a corporation and their in-house counsel, there are few more nightmarish days than when they receive a call from the IT department reporting unauthorised activity in the company’s databases. Over the next few days, the fog lifts and it becomes clear that the company has been the subject of a cyber-attack and personally identifiable data of its customers or…
Following our previous blog article on the facts and myths surrounding class actions in Australia (you can catch up and read it here), in this second part of the two-part blog series, we discuss the implications of the growth of shareholder class actions for the local D&O market in a Q&A style. Q: Which type of class action is the most prevalent and poses the most risk? A:  Although we have seen the class…
With the two Law Reform Commission inquiries into class actions and litigation funders, the highly publicised class actions such as GetSwift, and the growing presence of litigation funders in Australia, it’s almost impossible to avoid the discussions about Australia’s class action landscape – And you can bet that the spotlight on class actions will only grow brighter over the coming months. In this two-part blog series, we: (1) provide a Q&A to separate the facts…
As we have previously reported, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is in the midst of conducting an Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders.  The ALRC is to deliver its report on 21 December 2018. Class actions are now considered one of the greatest risks to corporations in Australia, with resulting increases in D&O insurance premiums being seen in the market.  Gone are the days of yesteryear, when class actions were…