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Commissioner Backs Gov't Review of Privacy Laws

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 29, 2011

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has said the government's review of the 2008 Australian Law Reform Commission report is timely and that existing privacy laws need to keep up with technological advancements, The Australian reports. "The concerns we see from the community are issues around wanting to ensure they are having control over their personal information," Pilgrim says. "This has been heightened in the online environment because people are unsure what is going to happen with their information." Meanwhile, Sen. Nick Xenophon is introducing a bill that would remove Privacy Act exemptions for political parties. As it stands, political parties can track and collect information about voters without having to comply with the Privacy Act.
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