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Government and Private-Sector Organizations Must Take Australian Privacy Changes Seriously

Published: 21 February 2013

ID: G00248088

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan

Summary

The Australian government passed the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012, changing the Australian privacy landscape. Complying with these new and complex privacy concepts creates an added burden for companies, and risk-averse organizations should start preparations immediately.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • The Major Elements of the Act
  • Notable Aspects of the Act

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The privacy act contains some vague security requirements, which may delay new IT projects that touch on privacy matters and put organizations at heightened regulatory risk for some time
  • Organizations that fall under the purview of the act and transfer information to an overseas third party may be held responsible for that third party under some circumstances
  • In the event of a significant complaint, an inability for organizations to quickly demonstrate a program for compliance to the act is likely to result in a painful investigation and penalty

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