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Opinion: Country Needs Data Breach Notification

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

July 22, 2011

Writing for ZDNet, Michael Lee reports that "Australia is falling far behind with its progress on holding organisations accountable for breaches," with countries like the U.S., UK, Canada and New Zealand having already implemented or close to implementing some measure of mandatory breach notification laws. Though it has yet to enact breach notification legislation, Lee points out that New Zealand is "currently discussing the issue," while a report from its law commission is expected in the near future. "Australia currently doesn't have any legislation to force companies to disclose breaches," Lee writes, "even though it was recommended as part of the law commission's report on privacy, released in 2008."
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