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Parliament Sees Privacy Act Reforms

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

May 25, 2012

COMPUTERWORLD reports that reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 have been introduced to Parliament. The introduction comes six years after the Australian Law Reform Commission began its inquiry. Changes include increased regulation of personal information for marketing purposes; extending privacy protections to unsolicited information; restrictions on sending personal information overseas; improved consumer access to their personal data, and additional protections on e-health information, the report states. Changes to credit reporting and an increased ability for data sharing with authorities and healthcare providers are also included in the reforms.
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