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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy Awareness Week kicks off on 30 April at breakfast in Sydney with Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim leading a panel discussion about data breaches and privacy best practice. Australian Information Commissioner Professor John McMillan will also launch the OAIC's revised Guide to Handling Personal Information Security Breaches at the event. Initiatives such as this and other events scheduled for the week by the OAIC, and the Northern Terrritory, Queensland, NSW and Victorian regulators to raise awareness are to be applauded.

Meanwhile consideration of the case for a legislated requirement for notification of a serious breach of data security presumably grinds on.

Privacy law reform generally, identified by the federal government as long ago as 2006 as an issue, has moved at glacial pace since the government's announced response in October 2009 to the Australian Law Reform Commission report of a year earlier. First stage reform issues such as the proposed new form Australian Privacy Principles are still unfinished business.

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