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Commissioner: Telco Bill Requires Guidelines

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

November 11, 2010

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has warned that privacy gaps exist in the government's proposed Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010, Computerworld reports. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has called for the creation of guidelines and binding rules to balance the country's security and privacy needs. Pilgrim has specifically suggested guidelines on law enforcement agencies' handling of personal information, rules for telecommunications organizations on disclosing data in cases of missing persons and for a framework to support privacy in the sharing of data between intelligence agencies. Pilgrim's recommendations follow those of the Australian Privacy Foundation, which said in October it had "most serious concerns" about the bill.
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