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Commissioner Recommends Privacy Provisions Clarified Under Bill

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

January 27, 2012

In a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim made recommendations to the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) Bill 2011. Pilgrim recommends that the Privacy Act be amended to confirm that the information commissioner may investigate anyone who has "contravened a civil penalty provision in the PCEHR Bill," that the commissioner may invoke the investigative powers provided under the Privacy Act and that the bill clarify the complaints-handling process for privacy issues, among other recommendations.
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