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Australian Government’s consultation on Serious Data Breach Notification Bill

4 December 2015

I welcome the Australian Government’s release of draft mandatory data breach notification laws for public consultation.  I have been a keen supporter of the development of mandatory data breach notification provisions for some time.

Data breach notification can be an important mitigation strategy in the event of a serious data breach. Notification enables people affected by a breach to take steps to protect their personal information; such as cancelling credit cards or updating log ins with service providers. A mandatory notification scheme will provide confidence to all Australians that, in the event of a serious data breach, they will be given the opportunity to manage their personal information accordingly.

I encourage organisations, agencies and community members with an interest in privacy to engage with the Government’s consultation on these important laws. My office looks forward to participating in the consultation process, and continuing to work with the Government on the details of a mandatory data breach notification scheme.

Timothy Pilgrim — Acting Australian Information Commissioner