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Experts Align With Pilgrim: Conciliation, Not Torts

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

December 2, 2011

At this week's iappANZ 2011 Privacy Summit, two telecommunications lawyers laid out their plan for resolving privacy grievances through conciliation, questioning the need for a statutory cause of action, reports The Australian. Their plan shares common ground with a recent submission by Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim outlining a framework where privacy complaints would first go to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and not the courts. Peter Leonard and Michael Burnett of Gilbert + Tobin said in a paper, "The debate needs to refocus towards enhancing quick, practical and cheap remedies," adding that individuals should be able to lodge complaints with the privacy commissioner, who should also be empowered to launch "own motion" investigations. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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