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Gov't Considers Civil Right of Action for Breaches

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

September 23, 2011

The federal government is accepting public comments on its newly released issues paper on privacy law. The paper explores the potential creation of new laws to give Australians a civil right to action for certain privacy breaches, The Sydney Morning Herald reports, which is something the Australian Law Reform Commission has proposed. The paper supports the creation of new federal legislation that would serve to deter breaches. Privacy Minister Brendan O'Connor said, "This government believes in people's right to privacy" but that right must be balanced with free speech and freedom of the media, he said. The government will accept comments until November 4.
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