The ADLS Technology & Law Committee keeps a watching brief on a wide range of issues including the law on social media, online bullying and privacy, artificial intelligence, digital security, storage of personal data by private entities and government agencies, and data protection regulations. The Committee also keeps a watching brief on case law under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Each year committee members draft articles containing expert commentary on a wide range of technology and law issues for a special technology and law edition of LawNews.
In 2020 a focus for the committee will be consultation with the Department of Internal Affairs with regard to the department’s Digital Identity Transition Programme which involves developing a regulatory framework on the use and sharing of digital identity data. The committee will also launch of a Procedure Toolkit for small law firms which contains an IT Policy and Guidelines drafted by the committee to assist small firms which may lack the expertise and resources to produce their own IT policy and guidelines.