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Monday, 22 October 2018
Page: 10545

Privacy

Dear Mrs Wicks

Thank you for your correspondence of 13 August 2018 regarding Petition EN0618, which requests Australia adopt a privacy framework similar to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

In Australia the handling of personal information by Australian Government agencies and certain private sector organisations is governed by the Privacy Act 1988. The Privacy Act contains a set of 13 binding Australian Privacy Principles that deal with the collection, use, disclosure, handling, and access and correction of personal information.

The Australian Government is aware of the implementation of the GDPR as a new data protection framework to harmonise EU data protection laws and replace national data protection rules of EU member states. The Australian Government is absolutely committed to protecting the privacy of Australians and continues to monitor and review Australian privacy legislation to ensure that it remains appropriate and fit-for-purpose.

Thank you again for bringing this petition to my attention. I trust this information is of assistance.

Yours sincerely

from the Attorney-General, Mr Porter (Petition No. EN0618)