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Opinion: Privacy Act Needs Revamping

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

August 5, 2011

In a column for the Sydney Morning Herald, law professor George Williams writes that Australian law needs to protect people's right to privacy and enact consequences for serious privacy breaches. Williams contends that the "1988 Privacy Act is a lengthy, complex law that is...riddled with exemptions," but the "real problem lies with serious breaches of privacy by large corporations." In addition to requiring a breach response remedy, "there should also be checks on the information that companies can collect from us without our knowledge through our use of computers and websites." 
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