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Senators Call for Right to Privacy, Civil Actions and "Do Not Track"

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

April 8, 2011

A parliamentary report released on Thursday recommends giving Australians a legal right to online privacy, iTWire reports. Senate committee members who collaborated on the report also recommend giving Australians a civil right of action for serious privacy violations and "increasing the scope" of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. Senator Mary Jo Fisher said, "The report also recommends allowing an individual online user to dictate the amount of personal data that a Web service provider can collect and use to target them with advertisements through a 'Do-Not-Track' model." She added, "Whilst the committee's 'asks' aren't small, they should be considered by a country which embraces technology in leaps and bounds."
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