The Australian attorney general’s department completed its review into the Privacy Act at the end of January. Data Compliance Executive Advisor David Mesman writes that if the proposals are adopted, Australia’s privacy regulations would be brought closer to European Union standards under the General Data Protection Regulation. Financial penalties for violations would be increased from AU$2 million to AU$10 million. However, Mesman argued privacy needs to be embedded into all “business-as-usual” activities to be effective for customers, instead of making headlines with one-off fines by regulators.
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