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Breaches May Advance Privacy Law Reform

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

May 6, 2011

In light of Sony's recent data breaches, the Australian government may look to expedite reforms of its Privacy Act, reports The Register. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has asked Sony for information about the breaches and says he will investigate, adding, "I am particularly concerned that it involves information stored on an out-of-date database."  Pilgrim says the breach reinforces his view that companies need to further limit the amount of consumer data they collect and how long they store it. The Australian Law Reform Commission has recommended the introduction of a mandatory breach notification law, and the government is considering increasing the privacy commissioner's powers to impose penalties for serious breaches.
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