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Addressing the Australian Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill

Posted by Jay Kelley on Feb 27, 2017

Just over a week ago, the Parliament of Australia passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 requiring any Australian public sector – including most Australian Government agencies, except for intelligence agencies, private sector and not-for-profit organisation with annual revenue of AU$3 million (US$2.3 million) or greater to disclose any data breach involving an individual’s personally identifiable information (PII), including but not limited to tax file number information (similar to the United States’ social security number or SSN), credit card information, and credit eligibility information. The Bill also applies to specific organisations with revenue under AU$3 million annually, including private sector health services, gyms, weight loss centres, child care centres, private schools, organisations selling or purchasing personal information, credit reporting organisations, and even individuals handling personal information as a business. According to some publications, though, if taken literally, the language in the new Bill appears to require an organisation to disclose information even if they only believe a breach has occurred.

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Tags: credential theft, isolaton, Adaptive Clientless Rendering, notifiable data breaches, personally identifable information, cybersecurity

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