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Privacy Commissioner Granted Additional Powers

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

November 29, 2012

The Australian Parliament has passed the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012, COMPUTERWORLD reports. The law, slated to go into effect in March 2014, will give the nation’s privacy commissioner new powers, including the ability to pursue civil penalties in serious privacy breach incidents. The commissioner will also be granted the right to conduct privacy assessments for both public and private organizations in Australia. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim said, “While I will continue to work with agencies and businesses to help them comply with privacy laws, I will not shy away from using these powers in appropriate cases.”
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