Australia Consider European-Style “Right to Be Forgotten” Privacy Law

On Monday Mark Dreyfus, Attorney general of Australia, said that a European-style privacy law would be considered in the next round of Australian legislation. This is following his bill being passed in 2022 which increased the penalties companies would face for failing to protect customer data.

The Attorney General’s Department conducted a review into the Privacy Act and Dreyfus stated it was “out of date and not fit-for-purpose in our digital age”. The feeling is that the law should have been modernised a long time ago. Dreyfus hopes that the changes he has started with the bigger penalties is a warning to companies.

When asked Dreyfus also said that right to erasure – or the right to be forgotten – was also something that needed to be considered. Alongside this the prime minister, Anthony Albanese said that requiring companies to dispose of data they no longer needed was a “pretty common sense proposal”.

You can read more about this here, including what the managing director of Digital Insurance Group Inc, whose members include Google, Apple, Meta, Twitter and TikTok.

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