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Wednesday, 8 November 2000
Page: 22387


Mr WILLIAMS (Attorney-General) (11:41 AM) —I will briefly respond to that. If the legislation comes into effect in its proposed form, it will oblige private organisations that hold existing databases of personal information to take reasonable steps to ensure that the data is accurate, complete and securely held. The organisation will be required to be open to consumers about what information it already holds and how it collects, holds and proposes to use or disclose such information. So pre-existing databases do not escape regulation, and in fact the retrospective aspects of the bill mirror the provisions that applied to the public sector at the time that the public sector provisions of the Privacy Act 1998 were introduced by Labor.

Amendment negatived.