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Client Update: Mandatory data breach notification scheme passed

13 February 2017

In brief: The Federal Parliament has today passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 which will amend the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) to introduce a mandatory data breach notification scheme.

The regime will come into force on a day to be fixed by Proclamation (or 12 months after the Bill receives Royal Assent) and will require mandatory notification to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, affected individuals and at risk individuals in the event of an 'eligible data breach'.

Our Cyber Security Tip Sheet is designed to help you prepare and quickly respond to cyber security incidents.

For more information on the mandatory data breach notification scheme, see our Focus: Worth the wait? Release of draft mandatory data breach notification laws from October 2016.

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