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Australian Law Reform Commission releases final report on Australian privacy laws - August 2008

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The Australian Law Reform Commission released its final report for its inquiry into Australia’s privacy laws on 11 August 2008. The report, For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice (Report 108) is around 2700 pages long, and contains 295 recommendations for improving Australia’s federal data protection laws.

Galexia was commissioned by Veda Advantage to prepare an independent submission to the inquiry discussing the privacy issues surrounding credit reporting, in response to the ALRC’s Discussion Paper 72.

The Australian Government has proposed a phased response to the ALRC recommendations. The first phase will address the proposed Unified Privacy Principles, health privacy, credit privacy, and privacy education. The second phase will address the recommendations on removal of exemptions, data breach notifications and the tort of privacy.

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