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FIA Concerned About Privacy Act Changes

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

July 19, 2012

Pro Bono Australia reports that proposed changes to the Privacy Act have the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) warning about the potential for “undue distress and confusion” for charitable organisations. In a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, the FIA writes, “Adequate privacy laws to protect donors' personal data are an essential component of charitable fundraising in this country,” noting that while the “FIA basically supports the Privacy Amendment Bill…there is confusion around the prohibition on direct marketing and lack of clarity around the new requirement for opt-out in each direct marketing communication.”
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