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Consent a "Serious Weakness" in Privacy Regs

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

October 1, 2010

The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) is calling for stricter rules on how data controllers obtain and use consumers' consent, reports ITnews. In a submission to a parliamentary online privacy inquiry, the APF described consent as the "single most serious weakness" in the nation's privacy regulations. "Consent works like a miracle cure for conduct that otherwise would have been contrary to the law," wrote APF Vice Chair Dan Svantesson. Parliament opened the inquiry--The adequacy of protections for the privacy of Australians online--on 24 June and will continue to accept public comments through 30 September.
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