Australian Parliament Takes Up Privacy Act Reforms

Law360, New York (May 23, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT) -- The Australian government on Wednesday unveiled long-anticipated reforms to the country's Privacy Act that would give consumers greater control over their personal information, modernize credit reporting arrangements and strengthen the privacy commissioner's enforcement powers.

Attorney General Nicola Roxon introduced to the Australian Parliament the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012, which was drafted in response to an Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry that found several deficiencies in the company's current privacy framework, embodied in the Privacy Act of 1988.

The newly introduced bill aims to strengthen privacy protections by making it easier for consumers to access and correct information held...

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