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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Changes proposed to increase penalties under Australia's Privacy Act Related reading: Privacy highlights from new White House report on AI

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Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter and Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield said the Coalition government will increase the penalties within the Privacy Act and increase funding for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, but consultation on the draft legislation will only begin in the second half of 2019, ZDNet reports. The proposed changes would increase the maximum penalty for serious or repeat offenders to either AU$10 million, three times the value of any benefit obtained through the misuse of data, or 10 percent of a company’s annual Australian turnover. Other changes would allow Australians to request platforms to stop the use or disclosure of their data and would empower the OAIC with new infringement notices.
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