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AG Would Consider a Privacy “Cause of Action”

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

October 11, 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the ACT could become the only Australian jurisdiction in which citizens can sue for breach of privacy. Attorney-General Simon Corbell says if he’s re-elected, ACT Labor will consider a “statutory cause of action,” allowing individuals to seek compensation in cases of data breaches. It would be the first civil remedy offered by an Australian government for privacy invasions. Corbell says a cause of action would be a “practical additional mechanism” to protect privacy and may help to “establish social norms as to what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, particularly in relation to the use of new technologies.”
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