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Commissioners Call for Increased Powers

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

November 26, 2012

Privacy Commissioners in Australia and New Zealand are seeking increased powers to combat data breaches and other privacy concerns, COMPUTERWORLD reports. At the iappANZ Privacy Summit last week, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said regulators must be responsive to privacy incidents and if breaches continue, “people will lose trust.” At the same event, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim reported his office received 1,357 privacy complaints in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, adding privacy concerns “remain at the forefront of people’s minds.” Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the government will conduct an inquiry into “institutional responses to child sex abuse claims” related to the protection of personal information, which New South Wales Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Coombs says will test the balance between open information and data protection.
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