The adequacy of protections for the privacy of Australians online

The adequacy of protections for the privacy of Australians online

7 April 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-1-74229-427-8

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Committee membership (PDF 11KB)
Recommendations (PDF 26KB)
Glossary and acronyms (PDF 7KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 28KB)

Reasons for this inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Report structure

Chapter 2 - Australia's privacy framework (PDF 112KB)

Complaints mechanisms
Committee comment
Industry self-regulation
Privacy enhancing technology
International Cooperation
Appropriateness of Australia's multi-faceted approach

Chapter 3 - Adequacy of Australia's online privacy framework (PDF 150KB)

Small Business exemption
Online behavioural advertising
Transnational information flows
Statutory cause of action for breach of privacy

Chapter 4 - Law enforcement challenges arising from online technological advancements (PDF 101KB)

A data retention proposal
The EU mandatory data retention scheme
Current practice in Australia
The government's proposal
Criticisms of the data retention proposal
Committee comment

Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 8KB)

Tabled documents
Answers to questions taken on notice

Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 10KB)
Appendix 3 - Information Privacy Principles, National Privacy Principles, and proposed Australian Privacy Principles (PDF 864KB)

Exposure Draft * (PDF 10KB)

* Only avaible in PDF

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Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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