Australian Privacy Act Overhaul Passes Parliament

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 2:48 PM EST) -- The Australian Parliament on Thursday passed the broadest reform to the country’s privacy act in two decades, boosting the powers of the Australian privacy commissioner and changing the way the nation handles personal information.

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012, which comes into effect in March 2014, will give consumers greater control over their personal information, modernize credit reporting arrangements and strengthen the privacy commissioner's enforcement powers.

“From the commencement of the new laws, I will be able to accept enforceable undertakings, seek civil...
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