Committee: Small Business Should Not Be Exempt
PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIAJune 21, 2011
A parliamentary committee is calling on the government to scrap a provision exempting small businesses from Australia's Privacy Act. The Australian Parliamentary Cyber-Safety Committee tabled a report yesterday raising concerns that small businesses with annual revenues of $3 million or less were exempt from the Privacy Act 1988, iTnews reports. The committee recommends that the government drop the exemptions and undertake a review of businesses with "significant personal data holdings" since a "large proportion of the Australian private sector is not subject to any privacy laws." The Australian Law Reform Commission said in 2008 that the exemptions were "neither necessary nor justifiable."