Australia Introduces Stringent New Data Protection Laws This Year

Data Protection

In urgent response to a cyber-attack that stole the personal information of 9.8 million customers from a telecommunications company, Australia is planning a strict new data protection laws in place this year, the attorney-general.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus stated that the government would make “urgent reforms” to the Privacy Act in response to the unprecedented hack on Australia’s second-largest wireless carrier, Optus, last week. “Companies must view data storage as a liability or potential liability,” said Dreyfus.

Optus, a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., also known as Singtel, is to blame for the theft of current and former customers’ personal information, according to the government.

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