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Privacy Commissioner Gets Fining Powers

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 16, 2010

Australian businesses will face fines for privacy breaches in the future, News.com.au reports. Special Minister of State Joe
Ludwig said amendments to the Privacy Act would introduce civil penalties for "serious breaches when other enforcement
measures are not sufficient." Ludwig is currently leading an effort to modernize the 22-year-old law. "We will make sanctions
available to the privacy commissioner for the first time," he said. "I agree we do need the ability of the commissioner to
have a sanctions regime in place to deal with serious or systemic breaches of privacy." He said breach fines would be
significant enough to "act as a deterrent."  
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