Australia's information commissioner is calling for an update to the nation's Privacy Act, suggesting amendments that would increase the scope of entities and practices it covers and add a breach notification requirement, reports Computerworld Australia. In a submission to the government's Issues Paper exploring changes to the Privacy Act, the information commissioner's office says technological advancements mean an increased likelihood for large-scale breaches and a greater impact resulting from them, adding, "consideration should be given to providing for additional ways of protecting individuals' privacy." Telecommunications company Telstra also submitted comments, arguing that including a statutory cause of action for privacy would impede freedom of communication and discourage online business.
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