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Mandatory Notification Back on the Table

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

October 17, 2012

Australian Attorney General Nicola Roxon has published a discussion paper on whether the country needs a mandatory breach notification law that includes a poll for the public to weigh in on the issue. The Australian Financial Review reports that Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim renewed his calls for a law after a decrease in notifications in the last financial year. Pilgrim said “there is a strong case to have mandatory data breach notification laws in Australia” but cautioned against notification for minor breaches due to administrative burdens, notification fatigue and lack of utility, the report states. The attorney general is accepting comment until November 23.
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