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Former Judge Calls for Tort, Lawyers Push Back

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

December 9, 2011

If the government doesn't introduce protections against serious privacy invasions now, it never will. That's according to Michael Kirby, a privacy advocate and former High Court judge, who initially proposed the idea of a privacy tort in 1979. Speaking at the iappANZ conference, Kirby said the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's privacy guidelines on data collection and storage rely on "use limitation" principles and stronger privacy laws are needed. Meanwhile, two telecommunications lawyers unveiled at the conference an alternative to the currently proposed privacy tort that would allow a conciliation scheme to avoid sending privacy grievances to court, The Australian reports. And, Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim discussed responsible use of citizen data by Australian agencies.
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