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Pilgrim: Organisations Need Breach Prevention, Response

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

March 16, 2012

Speaking at a recent privacy law conference, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim warned that organisations need to update their privacy practices to ensure appropriate measures have been taken to protect and respond to data breaches, Pro Bono Australia reports. Pilgrim said, "All it takes is a single careless incident to cause a massive data breach," adding that in addition to implementing "robust information security measures," organisations need to have "contingency plans in place so that if a data breach occurs, they can deal with it swiftly, mitigating any risk of harm that the breach may cause." Reputational damage can be greater if an organisation fails to swiftly notify and respond to an incident, Pilgrim added.
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