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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Analysis: Proposed reforms to Australia Privacy Act raise significant compliance hurdles Related reading: A view from DC: A recap of the TikTok hearing



Potential reforms of Australia’s Privacy Act 1988 are poised to make significant changes and could require entities to devote significant resources to compliance, according to multiple legal analyses. Provisions such as creating a “fair and reasonable” test and accountability mandates would require a specific senior employee at companies be responsible for privacy and log all handling of personal information. Meanwhile, other major provisions include defining data controllers and processers in Australian law, removing the small business exemption, tightening employee information collection and increased standards to demonstrate “valid consent.”
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