Australian Communications Consumer Action Network

Data Breach Notifications

ACCAN has made a submission in support of a data breach notification law in response to a consultation by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. A mandatory data breach notification law would provide greater information to consumers about the security of their personal information, and provide an incentive for organisations to improve their security practices.

Summary: Several high-profile cases of unauthorised access to personal information have taken place in recent years, but many more are thought to go undisclosed. This law would require an organisation to notify affected individuals and the Privacy Commissioner when personal information was disclosed to or obtained by unauthorised parties through, for instance, hacking attacks or the loss of storage devices containing customer records.

Submission to: Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department

Status: Submitted

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