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Commissioner Concerned with Microsoft Proposals

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

January 22, 2013

Responding to a Microsoft report proposing changes to data privacy rules, The Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner has expressed concerns. The Microsoft Global Privacy Report was released in November and suggests changing the provision within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s privacy guideline forbidding personal data use without consent to allow for data use as long as it is not “fraudulent, unlawful, deceptive or discriminatory,” the report states. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says such use would extend beyond the Privacy Act. Microsoft’s report also suggests relaxing rules on companies’ obligations to respond to personal data deletion requests.
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