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Expanse of Database PII Causing Public Concern

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

March 25, 2011

The Australian reports that the expanding volume of personal information held in government and business databases is causing the public concern about their privacy, says Information Commissioner John McMillan. Speaking in Canberra, the commissioner said people are worried about data stored about "their financial and taxation affairs, their family and medical history, employment records and transactions with agencies." He added that the privacy commissioner received 60 notices of breaches this year. Noting the government's indication that it will increase the enforcement powers of the privacy commissioner, McMillan said that the "prospect of financial penalties for privacy breaches will provide an added incentive for organizations to take their responsibilities seriously."
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