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Breaches Lead to Calls for Notification Law

DATA PROTECTION—AUSTRALIA

March 21, 2013

With cyber-attacks becoming a daily occurrence, security experts and academics are calling for data breach notification laws, The Australian Financial Review reports. While organisations like the Australian Bankers Association have defended IT security already in place, others say breaches are happening that many consumers never hear of and that a “code of silence” about data loss exists. Those consumer advocates are making headway: Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus “is considering proposals that would require companies to report to consumers and the commonwealth privacy commissioner when a data breach occurs, to improve privacy…and bring Australia into line with international jurisdictions,” said a spokesperson. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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