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Keating: Protect Privacy in Info Age "Free-for-All"

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

August 5, 2010

Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating is voicing his support for a proposal by the Australian Law Reform Commission to create national legislation that would punish businesses and organizations responsible for ''unwarranted and serious breaches of privacy'' with tough financial sanctions, The Age reports. Keating's comments follow on a push by Sen. Joe Ludwig for the Australian Privacy Act to be amended with "serious sanctions" to ensure individuals' privacy rights are protected. Speaking in support of tougher legislation, Keating said, "This is likely to concentrate minds on the importance of compliance with privacy principles a little more than hitherto."
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