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Pilgrim Calls for Stricter Laws for Online Posts

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

May 9, 2011

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says he has recommended tougher laws for publishing to social networks images that could adversely affect an individual, The Daily Telegraph reports. The government is considering changes to current law, which allows for organizations, but not individuals, to be punished for mishandling personal information. Pilgrim says posting embarrassing photos or damaging information about individuals could harm their chances of gaining employment or put them in physical danger. Because posts can be made by a "much broader range of people rather than just organizations, we need to make sure the community has access to a broader range of remedies to be able to protect personal information," Pilgrim said.
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