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Opinion: Privacy Is Here To Stay

PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

August 12, 2011

In an opinion piece for The Sydney Morning Herald, Nick Abrahams and Warwick Andersen write about privacy's rise to the top as an agenda item. The authors attribute the focus on privacy to media hacking scandals, the rise of e-commerce and cloud computing, among other factors. Australia's major proposals include a mandatory breach notification requirement and an enforceable right to privacy, which would allow Australians to sue for invasions of privacy. However, it can be difficult to prove that damage has been caused to an individual if a crime such as identity theft doesn't result, the authors say. They predict that privacy, as a topic, has staying power.
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