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Parliamentary Committee Endorses Fines for Breaches

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

September 18, 2012

A parliamentary committee has recommended passing a bill that would allow for fines of up to $1.1 million for severe or repeated privacy breaches, The Australian reports. The suggested penalties were contained in a report tabled in the Lower House. A Senate committee is examining the bill as well and will report to Parliament this month. The bill responds to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2008 report, which aims to update privacy laws given technological advances. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says the fines would incentivize better data protection. Should the bill become law, the committee advises that the attorney general should conduct a review 12 months after implementation.
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