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Commissioner Examines Cookie Directive

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 5, 2011

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has said that his office is looking into the new European Union cookie law that went into effect last May, iTnews reports. Pilgrim noted his office is examining the European rules "to better understand their intent and application" and consider whether the rules apply to current obligations Australian organizations face under the Australian Privacy Act. "We will be reviewing our advice and guidance," Pilgrim says, "based on what we learn from this." Pilgrim says that the government will address new technologies in an ongoing law reform process as the Privacy Act currently covers the collection of personal information but may not apply to cookies, the report states.
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