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Opinion: Government Indecisive on Privacy Tort

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

March 28, 2013

The Australian Law Reform Commission recommended in 2008 that Australians “should be able to seek compensation for serious invasions of their privacy,” writes George Williams for the Sydney Morning Herald. Still, the government has not advanced the creation of a privacy tort and has again referred the matter for an inquiry requiring that the commission revisit its work. Williams urges Parliament to act, saying, “The law should provide a remedy for, and a deterrent against, a person or business breaching our privacy for commercial gain or acting negligently so as to expose our personal information and financial details to criminals.”
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