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Opinion: A Call for Stronger Action

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

August 12, 2011

Australia needs more than privacy guidelines; it needs a watchdog, CIO reports. That's according to University of Canberra law lecturer Bruce Arnold, who says that the number of breaches indicates the need for government action. "Australia needs a privacy watchdog that is quick to act, a watchdog that, like its overseas counterparts in the UK and U.S., is equipped with the sort of financial penalties that get the attention of executives," says Arnold. "We also need a cultural change, whereby institutions regard themselves as data custodians rather than data owners and therefore take their responsibilities more seriously."
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