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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Minister Faulkner puts privacy law reform on the priority list

A strong commitment to privacy reform including uniform laws from the Government yesterday, as outlined in this article in The Australian.

Special Minister of State John Faulkner in his speech also spoke of work underway within APEC on a co-operative scheme on privacy complaint handling that may help to some degree with cross border issues.It will eventually allow a person in Australia or any other member country to complain to their privacy regulator about a breach of privacy principles in the handling of personal information by an entity in another APEC country. A one stop shop , as the Minister put it.

Still some way off, lots of detail to come, and no mention of remedies.

It's significant and a bigger deal than some of the other APEC Privcy Data Subgroup initiatives the Minister mentioned Australia is leading, for example putting together an APEC Privacy Contact Directory

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