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Privacy class actions - Galexia has published a survey of Australian and international privacy laws that allow class actions and representative complaints to be made - September 2003

This paper surveys national and international privacy laws to assess the ability of courts and privacy regulators to consider “representative complaints”, and argues that privacy breaches are particularly suited to resolution through representative action. Several case studies of representative privacy complaints are included, as well as an overview of privacy class actions in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

This paper provides a useful insight into the growing trend for privacy class actions and concludes that the benefits of representative complaints are yet to be fully realised in the privacy field.

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