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Organizations Split on Breach Notification Law

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

February 22, 2012

Responding to questions put forth by the Australian government as part of its cyber discussion paper, organizations laid out disparate views on how breach notification should be handled, reports ZDNet. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) and the Australian Information Security Association all submitted comments in support of a breach notification law, while telcos Telstra and Opus and the Internet Industry Association (IIA) sided with voluntary notification--with the IIA stating that a notification law would bring jurisdictional problems for local businesses. The APF comments dispute that reasoning, noting, "One does not have to dig particularly deep to be struck by the inadequacy of how Australian conflict of laws rules treat consumers."
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