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No Government Response to ALRC Proposals

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 22, 2011

Three years after the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) presented a report proposing the removal of an exemption to the Privacy Act for political parties, among others, the government still has not responded, reports The Australian. According to the ALRC, the parties use voter information they collect to track issues and voting trends, but the report states they are not required to ensure the accuracy of the data or notify individuals of their practices. "It's hard to see...why they couldn't gather and use that information on the same basis that others do," said Andrew Stewart of Baker & McKenzie.
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