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Commissioner Prefers Conciliated Outcomes

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

August 26, 2011

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says he would prefer conciliated outcomes over going to court in response to privacy violations, The Australian reports, but adds that mandatory data breach notification and stronger penalties would benefit the country. "We have seen the Australian Law Reform Commission's views, and what we need to see now is how the government is going to reflect those initial thoughts," says Pilgrim, adding, "There are some very big questions that we as a community are going to have to consider in that debate." Australian Privacy Foundation Chairman Roger Clarke, meanwhile, says he prefers torts and additional criminal penalties, the report states.  
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