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Australia – Privacy Reforms Pass House Of Representatives.

 29 September, 2012


Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Australia – TMT


On 27 September 2012, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs tabled the results of its inquiry into certain aspects of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012. The Committee recommended that the House of Representatives pass the legislation which will radically amend the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) but, given the nature of concerns expressed by industry groups, further recommended that the operation of certain aspects of the legislation be reviewed 12 months after its commencement.
The Report confined its review largely to the implications of overseas data transfers and, in particular, the liability of Australian organisations for privacy breaches which occur overseas. The Committee also considered concerns expressed by the direct marketing industry, especially in relation to the need to include “opt-out” notices in social media such as Twitter which have limited character space availability. The Committee did not consider that any changes to the current Bill were necessary in this regard. The passage of the legislation now awaits the results of a further inquiry being conducted by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.
Read the Attorney-general’s media release.


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Gordon Hughes, Partner, Ashurst

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