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Minister: Breach Notification Laws Possible

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

September 28, 2011

A discussion paper for Australia's proposed federal privacy reforms, announced last week, could introduce a statutory cause of actions for victims of privacy invasions, reports SC Magazine. A spokesperson for Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Conner says that "proposals for mandatory breach notification rules (would be) considered by the government once foundational reforms to the Privacy Act have been progressed." O'Conner's department has said that it would consider breach notification laws if there is sufficient evidence that the loss of personal information within business is increasing and information security is lacking. The Australia Law Reform Commission recommended breach notification laws in 2008, and they have remained under consideration since. 
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