Australian Commisioner Eyes Stronger Privacy Powers

Law360, New York (March 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EST) -- Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim promised in a speech made public Tuesday to aggressively pursue consumer privacy violators — a guarantee made as the legislature moves closer to revealing reforms that would harmonize privacy principles and strengthen the commissioner's powers.

Currently, the privacy commissioner has the power only to make determinations on complaints his office receives. But under upcoming revisions to the country's Privacy Act, the commissioner would be granted “a range of new powers,” including accepting enforceable undertakings, seeking civil penalties in the case of...
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