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Commissioner Pilgrim Discusses Privacy Landscape

PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

April 15, 2011

Australia's privacy landscape is undergoing a transformation, including a rewrite of the Privacy Act, a transition to e-health records and a strengthening of the privacy office's powers. Timothy Pilgrim was appointed last year to Australia's privacy commissioner post, a five-year term that began last fall. In this Privacy Advisor Q&A, Pilgrim describes his proactive approach to enforcement, the way he views his office's role in Australian society and his predictions for changes to the Privacy Act--expected later this year. "The first step toward an Australian culture that values and respects privacy is to educate individuals about their privacy rights, and organisations and agencies about their privacy responsibilities," Pilgrim said.
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