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Changes Expected To Privacy Act Proposal

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

September 27, 2012

The federal government is considering revising its overhaul of the Privacy Act following calls by House of Representatives and Senate committees for changes, The Australian reports. The government is “actively considering” the recommendations, said Attorney General Nicola Roxon. A number of advocates have voiced concerns that people will have difficulty understanding the new law. Meanwhile, Coalition senators say they will recommend softening the law’s provision on breach liability. Currently, the law would grant the privacy commissioner power to fine organisations up to $1.1 million. The coalition wants to limit that if organisations can demonstrate that they’ve taken “all reasonable steps” to prevent a breach. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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