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Crompton Calls for Privacy Industry

PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

April 1, 2011

The online environment needs to become "safe to play" from citizens' perspective, says former Privacy Commissioner Malcom Crompton. Addressing a conference in Sydney this week, Crompton called for the establishment of a formal privacy industry to respond to identity theft risks online, IT News reports. Organisations' emphasis on identity information has created an unsafe environment for citizens and a treasure trove for criminals. "We are in an identity management arms race that we are going to lose," Crompton said. "Why don't we take out the value proposition for crooks by relying on identity less?" He also encouraged companies to conduct privacy impact assessments and incorporate proactive, embedded approaches to privacy.
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