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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More than awareness needed for this privacy problem

Things aren't good in the small and medium size business sector in Australia and New Zealand when it comes to protection of personal information. A survey by Symantec shows security breaches - where information has been subject to unauthorised access, often where the data is lost, stolen, or hacked- had occurred in more than half the businesses surveyed. By contrast, 29 per cent of companies in the US and 27 per cent in Canada experienced breaches. One factor according to Symantec is that companies in many parts of the US are governed by data mandatory disclosure laws which require an organisation to inform their customers of any loss of their personal information. It's one of the many privacy issues on the Federal Government's plate as it considers recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission.

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