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Pilgrim Discusses New Powers

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

November 25, 2013

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has said his office “won’t take a ‘softly-softly’ approach with new regulatory powers that will become available to it in March,” IT News reports. Speaking at the iappANZ Privacy Unbound Summit this week, Pilgrim said, “The two sets of principles we have are fundamentally very similar to the ones that are coming into place. The private sector has been working with them for over 12 years; the government has been working with them for over 25 years; there’s a common theme, so there shouldn’t be a big challenge in complying with them." He noted, however, that for “difficult organisations and some intransigent organizations,” the office would take a stricter stance. Meanwhile, the Australian Law Reform Commission will be recommending updates to privacy laws to address serious invasions of privacy.
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