Internet privacy: how Australia’s new laws will work

New privacy laws will come into operation in Australia in March this year. The amendments to the Privacy Act will introduce a new and harmonised set of privacy principles. While there is still plenty of room for improvement, the new laws make some important steps in protecting privacy, particularly with the collection of data online.The new reforms apply to all bodies that collect or store personal information about Australians. They don’t operate in a vacuum; there is a broad (if somewhat patchwork) frame of privacy laws across the globe, and the way that they interact with some of these different laws will be interesting to follow in coming years. Here’s a guide to some of the changes and some comments from Australia’s information commissioner, Professor John McMillan, on the changes.

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