Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board is putting more emphasis on its examinations of investment proposals involving foreign access to personal information of Australians, according to a Nov. 8 report from law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. FIRB is focused on proposals that include offshore data transfers and foreign ownership or general access to others' personal data. "The protection of sensitive data is becoming the issue du jour, and not just sensitive national security data," FIRB Chairman David Irvine said. "The development of data-security conditions — conditions on the foreign investor to protect data — continues to be a key area of focus for us."
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