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Australia: Government announces review of privacy act

The Australian Government announced, on 30 October 2020, that it will be conducting a review of the Privacy Act 1988 (No. 119, 1988) (as amended) ('the Act') and launched a public consultation on the same. In particular, the Government highlighted that, in response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Digital Platforms Inquiry, it intends to conduct a review of the Act to ensure that the privacy framework empowers consumers, protects their data, and serves the Australian economy. Furthermore, the Government outlined that the review will cover a variety of areas, including the scope of the Act, the impact and effectiveness of the notifiable data breach scheme, the effectiveness of enforcement powers, and the feasibility of an independent certification scheme. In addition, the Government noted that the review will assess whether the Act effectively protects personal information and whether individuals should have a direct right of action.

The Government stated that, as part of its review, it invites submissions in response to the matters outlined in the issues paper.

Comments can be submitted to [email protected] by 29 November 2020.

You can read the press release here, the terms of reference here, and the issues paper here.