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Pilgrim: I Am Prepared To Use My Power

PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

December 9, 2011

An Allens Arthur Robinson publication advises companies handling data to have "robust processes" in place for the collection, use, storage and disclosure of information, citing the Australian privacy commissioner's recent vow to increase enforcement actions. In a speech at the iappANZ conference on 30 November, Pilgrim said he would deliver his first determination--enforceable by federal law--under the Privacy Act within seven days. Pilgrim's office has been criticised for not using the powers provided, which include determining appropriate remedies and compensation required following breaches. But the commissioner says he is "prepared to use my power to make determinations directing how companies should be resolved."
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