Evidence shows data breaches are on the rise, putting individuals at risk for harm, warned Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim at an event to launch Privacy Awareness Week in Australia. Pilgrim said the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) was notified of 56 data breaches last year--compared with 44 the previous year--and opened an additional 59 investigations, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The OAIC this week released updated guidelines to help businesses develop breach response plans. Though breach notification is not mandatory in Australia, Information Commissioner John McMillan said the "tide is moving" in that direction.
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