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Office of Information Commissioner Launched

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

November 1, 2010

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has been officially launched with the mission of championing open government, Computerworld reports. The office, headed by Information Commissioner John McMillan, will include Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim and was officially launched by Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information Brendan O'Connor. They will be joined by Australia's first freedom of information commissioner, James Popple, an adjunct lecturer in the school of computer science at Australian National University. Popple, appointed on October 29, will be responsible for freedom of information requests. The OAIC "fills a major gap in the system," McMillan said, adding it aims to promote better information management by government.
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