AU data breach notification bill receives bipartisan backing

Rohan Pearce reports:

Australia is a step closer to having a mandatory data breach notification regime, after a bill to create such a scheme today received bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.

The government introduced the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 in October. The bill has yet to be introduced in the Senate.

Under the bill, if an organisation subject to Privacy Act obligations suffers an “eligible data breach”, it is obliged to notify both the Australian Information Commissioner and individuals whose data was affected by the breach.

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