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Committee Hears About Need for Mandatory Breach Notification

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

March 16, 2012

Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety heard from University of Canberra Centre for Internet Safety Director Alastair MacGibbon about the risks Australian consumers face due to a lack of mandatory breach notification laws, COMPUTERWORLD reports. "We don't actually know how many data breaches there are in Australia and how much of our personally identifiable information is out there as there is no compulsion to report breaches to individuals or to a central commonwealth authority like the privacy commissioner," MacGibbon warned. The report notes that mandatory breach notification has been a "topic of debate" for the government for several years.
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