Even Learning About Encryption In Australia Will Soon Be Illegal

You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act — which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year — there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws.


Lawtendr Finds You A Lawyer By Asking Them To Bid On Your Case

Finding a lawyer when you need one can be tricky. Lawtendr wants to make the process a little easier. You post the issue you’d like a lawyer to handle for you, lawyers bid on the task, and you choose the one you want to work with.


Ask LH: Do Email Disclaimers Have Any Legal Validity?

Dear Lifehacker, Almost every business email has a disclaimer telling people not to forward it or read it if it has been sent accidentally. Often this is a compulsory part of your email signature. Do these terms have any legal standing?


Ask LH: Can You Speed Up To Match Speed Limits Before You Pass The Sign?

Dear Lifehacker, Is it legal for me to begin acceleration when a speed increase sign is visible or does it have to be readable? I drive on the Mitchell in Perth five days a week taking the same route. I start in an 80 zone and know exactly where the increase to 100 sign is. When that spot is visible I begin acceleration.


Why Dropbox Just Moved Your Account To Ireland

Over the weekend, Dropbox updated its terms of service so that customers outside of North America are now provided via Dropbox Ireland, rather than Dropbox USA. What’s going on?


Australian Police: Expect Fines If You Use Your Smartwatch While Driving

While it likely won’t get to the extreme point of having to remove one’s smartwatch to drive, state police plan to classify such devices as potential distractions, in the same league as your mobile phone or GPS, with all the associated fines and penalties.


Ask LH: Am I Breaking The Law By Viewing Streaming Fileshare Sites?

Hey Lifehacker, What’s the legal status of viewing movies and TV shows that link to either streaming versions of torrents or content that wasn’t uploaded by the creator? Will I be busted for doing that?


Is Downloading Really Stealing? The Ethics Of Digital Piracy

Many millions of people throughout the world will illegally download the fifth season of Game of Thrones, launched this week by HBO. Legally speaking, what they will be doing is a violation of intellectual property rights, or “piracy”. But will they be doing anything morally wrong?


How New Download Laws Have Aussies Embracing VPNs

The assault on illegal downloaders by the movie industry last week was put forward as a form of making a highly visible example of a few individuals in an attempt to change public behaviour. Sadly for the likes of Voltage Pictures, it doesn’t seem to have worked.


The Ban Has Been Lifted On Raw Milk Cheeses In Australia

You may have missed the news but as of February this year, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand now allows cheese makers to use unpasteurised, or “raw”, milk in their products. It was previously rather difficult to get your hands on raw milk cheeses, but with the ban history, the doors are well and truly open.