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Commissioner: Privacy Act Limited, Needs Revision

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

December 2, 2011

Australia's information commissioner is calling for an update to the nation's Privacy Act, suggesting amendments that would increase the scope of entities and practices it covers and add a breach notification requirement, reports Computerworld Australia. In a submission to the government's Issues Paper exploring changes to the Privacy Act, the information commissioner's office says technological advancements mean an increased likelihood for large-scale breaches and a greater impact resulting from them, adding, "consideration should be given to providing for additional ways of protecting individuals' privacy." Telecommunications company Telstra also submitted comments, arguing that including a statutory cause of action for privacy would impede freedom of communication and discourage online business.
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