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An Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) review on how current privacy law fits with current technological use has generated many headlines this week and, as ZD Net reports, “has recommended that online services that publish content generated by users should be able to access safe harbour laws where an invasion of privacy is concerned.” The ALRC released its “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era” discussion paper on Monday. The paper contains 47 proposals and recommends a new federal law to “deal with serious privacy invasions,” the report states. “The ALRC proposes the introduction of a safe harbour scheme for Internet intermediaries, to protect them from liability for serious invasions of privacy committed by persons who use their services, where the intermediary meets certain conditions," the discussion paper states.
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