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Privacy Week Sees Calls To Prepare for Changes

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

April 29, 2013

At the launch of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) Privacy Awareness Week, Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim and Australian Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus cautioned businesses to prepare for impending privacy reforms, ZDNet reports. "Now is the time to change existing systems and practices…The sooner these changes are embedded, the easier it will be to comply with the new measures in March 2014," Dreyfus said. The OAIC has released guidance to help covered entities better protect personal information. While not binding, Pilgrim said the guidelines send a “clear message about my expectations in this area.” A survey commissioned by McAfee found that 59 percent of employees responsible for managing customers’ personal information were unaware or unsure of the changes.
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