The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (“Privacy Data Breaches Bill”) has been introduced to Parliament and is currently before the House of Representatives.

The Privacy Data Breaches Bill implements recommendations of:

  • the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s Advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014; and
  • the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report “For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice”,

by amending the Privacy Act 1988 (“Privacy Act”) to require agencies, organisations and certain other entities to provide notice to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (“OAIC”) and affected individuals of an eligible data breach.

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