Flurry of activity in the Privacy Act review, including tougher penalties and new online privacy framework

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This article was co-authored with India Bennett.

After months of anticipation regarding the ongoing review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Federal Government has galvanized the Australian privacy landscape with two significant developments.

Firstly, the Government has released a discussion paper about the reform of the Privacy Act. The discussion paper considers stakeholder feedback on the issues paper released in October 2020 and seeks further feedback on potential changes to the Privacy Act. Public consultation for this discussion paper is open until 10 January 2022. In the coming weeks, we will share with you our insights on the 217 page discussion paper.

Secondly, the Government has released an exposure draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021, otherwise known as the “Online Privacy Bill”. In this article we set out a brief overview of what businesses should be considering in respect of the Online Privacy Bill.

Online Privacy Bill

The Online Privacy Bill is intended to give effect to the Federal Government’s commitment to strengthen the Privacy Act by increasing

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