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Experts Assess Privacy Act Reforms

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

April 27, 2012

As Australians observe Privacy Awareness Week, COMPUTERWORLD reports on the history of the government's reforms to the Privacy Act since 2006 and what the reforms could mean for the digital environment. A representative from Xamax Consultancy, Roger Clarke, said that reforms to the Privacy Act have progressed "extraordinarily slowly, and they still haven't really reached any point of resolution..." An AGW Consulting representative suggested the main impact of the reforms "will be dealt out in the second tranche response by the government." Clarke says he wants the privacy commissioner to be granted "real power to do real things and solve problems," and both consultants support civil remedies, which will force companies to be more responsible, the report states.
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