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Expert: Laws “Often Poorly Understood”

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

August 8, 2013

“Australia’s privacy and data protection laws are hard to explain and often poorly understood,” iappANZ Board Member Peter G. Leonard of Gilbert + Tobin writes for CIO. Ticking down through many “challenges” to comprehending Australia’s laws, Leonard writes, “At a time when privacy and information security is becoming a major area of concern for governments, businesses and consumers, it is unfortunate that Australia has created such a confusing thicket of regulation and quasi regulation.” Meanwhile, Queensland is conducting a review aimed at eliminating “unjustified” compliance burdens and barriers to data sharing in Australia’s “patchwork” of privacy and freedom of information laws.
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