Changes to Australia's Privacy Act are expected to be introduced to Parliament as early as February, reports HWL Ebsworth. Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information Brendan O'Connor announced at the recent iappANZ conference that the new legislation will be introduced in the first quarter. It will likely implement the Australian Privacy Principles and create a new credit reporting scheme. The government continues to review submissions on a statutory cause of action for serious privacy breaches, O'Connor said, adding that companies should review their compliance status under existing law and be sure appropriate measures are in place on data collection, storage and use.
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