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Mixed Reactions to Privacy Act Amendments

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

November 30, 2012

COMPUTERWORLD reports on mixed reactions to amendments to the Privacy Act, passed in the Australian Parliament this week. The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 gives Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim additional powers, including the ability to issue million-dollar fines to government agencies and companies that repeatedly violate the law. Jodie Sangster of the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising says the opportunity was missed to create a model privacy framework for the digital era, though she praised some of the amendment’s provisions.
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