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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Federal Commissioner to recommend compulsory notification of data security breaches

The Federal Privacy Commissioner plans to recommend to the Australian Law Reform Commission that a compulsory notification requirement be imposed where disclosure of personal information results from a security breach.

At present none of Australia's privacy laws impose a specific notification requirement although the Victorian Privacy Commissioner in a report (Report 01.06 Jenny's case) about Victoria's Police Integrity Commission concluded that such a notification was contemplated by that State's law given its object of protecting the privacy of individuals.

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