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Committee: Small Business Should Not Be Exempt

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

June 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."
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