Crypto Currencies – The rise of the cashless society

A ‘Cashless Society’ describes an economic state whereby Financial Transactions are not conducted with money in the forms of physical banknotes or coins, but rather through the transfer of digital information (usually an electronic representation of money) between the ‘transacting parties’. Cashless societies have existed, based on barter and other methods of exchange. Cashless transactions…

Big Data – How big is BIG?

big data noun: COMPUTING noun: big data extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions. How big is ‘big data’? According to some sources, in 2018 we captured the same amount of data in any two days than we did in…

Drone Regulation

Owners and Operators of Commercial Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), which are more commonly known as “drones”, now face number of risks they should consider when it comes to protecting their own assets and third party liability. Whilst initially these drones were viewed as “toys” with minimal commercial applications the position has now greatly changed.…

Travel Insurance and Credit Cards – what you need to know

Before your fly, check your insurance It’s imperative for travellers to have a full understanding of their Travel Insurance Policies prior to heading off on their adventures. Certain credit cards that have Travel Insurance Policies included as part of their offering sometimes have many limitations and exclusions that may cause heartache if not understood prior…

Christmas Safety

Tis the season to avoid online scammers In a bid to avoid Christmas crowds, online shopping during the festive season is very appealing. And while the ease and convenience of shopping from the comfort of home is a positive, it’s still important to be aware of simple security measures to ensure it’s not the season…

Airbnb – what are your rights?

Do you have rights to share your home? Airbnb has become a central player in the sharing economy in the last decade. While its usage has presented opportunities to ease the financial burden of a mortgage, there are legal implications that hosts of strata-titled properties should be aware of. In a recent case of Estens…

Cyclone season is upon us

That’s not a cyclone…this is a cyclone Although the effects of Cyclones Debbie, Yasi, Marcia and Larry are generally well known, these are dwarfed by Cyclone Mahina. Cyclone Mahina is the deadliest cyclone in recorded Australian history, striking Bathurst Bay in Cape York on the 4th March 1899, with its destructive winds and storm surge…

New ID Scanning Laws – what you need to know

The new ID scanning laws came into effect in Queensland from 1 July 2017. The purpose of these laws is to identify individuals who are the subject of banning orders to the various licenced pubs, nightclubs and bars around town. In short, all licensed venues that ordinarily trade past midnight in the Safe Night Precincts,…