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Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has said the federal government’s proposed amendments to Australian privacy legislation could “unintentionally” weaken protections already provided for individuals under the law, iTNews reports. Pilgrim said in a submission to a Senate inquiry that the proposal “could broaden the scope for collection of user information by companies and water down regulatory wording,” the report states. The Australian Privacy Foundation has also submitted concerns that the proposals are “consumer-hostile” and should be withdrawn, adding the proposals were “cherry-picked” from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2008 recommendations.
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