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Commissioner Makes Case for Enforcement Authority

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 27, 2011

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says the pending changes to the country's privacy legislation would help him hold organizations accountable to data theft victims. Speaking at a panel held by the IAPP ANZ, Pilgrim added, "I can use the powers available to me to require the organization to provide information about what it's done" to resolve a data breach, but "I can't force the company to do anything at the end of the day." Pilgrim also revealed that there has been a 27-percent increase in data breaches in the past year and warned that the number reflects "responsible companies" that voluntarily disclosed an incident, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Pilgrim warns, "We simply don't know the extent of the data breaches that go on."     
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