The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property has approved H.R. 4077, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill would authorize a $15 million campaign to educate the public about the legal issues involved in duplicating copyrighted content. The bill would also lower the legal standards that prosecutors must meet to prove that computer users have violated copyright laws.
Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.