Allie Coyne reports:
The Coalition Government has refused to back a reinvigorated bill that would force companies to notify customers of a data breach, saying while it agrees with the concept in principle, the proposed legislation needs more work.
In March this year Labor Senator Lisa Singh re-introduced the lapsed Privacy Alerts Bill, which failed to be heard in the Senate before the upper house closed ahead of the 2013 federal election.
The text of the current Privacy Alerts Bill 2014 is identical to the Privacy Alerts Bill 2013. It seeks to compel entities that suffer a serious data breach – involving personal, credit, or tax file number data – to notify the Privacy Commissioner and individuals affected as soon as possible.
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