Submission: Privacy Act Review Issues Paper

Digital Rights Watch has provided a submission to the Attorney-General’s review of the Privacy Act 1988. To understand our stance on the Australian privacy landscape and the rationale behind our submission, check out this blog post.

The recommendations from our submission to the consultation, are as follows:

  • Redefine the scope and reach of the Privacy Act. 
  • Update the definition of personal information.
  • Adopt a rights-based approach. 
  • Introduce a statutory tort for invasions of privacy.
  • Don’t use consent as a scape-goat to weak protections of personal information.
  • Abolish exemptions, namely the exemption for political messaging.
  • Introduce a stronger definition of ‘de-identified’ data.

You can read our full submission here.