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The Office of the Australian Information Commission (OAIC) has released guidelines for the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which go into effect 12 March, following public consultation, Computerworld Australia reports. Public and private organizations must adhere to the APPs along with the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012, which gives Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim a mandate to seek civil penalties of up to $340,000 for individuals and $1.7 million for businesses in cases of serious beach incidents. In the guidelines, the OAIC has indicated it will not “hold organisations accountable for the exposure of personal information when accessed via a cyber-attack, as long as the office is satisfied with the level of security in place within the targeted systems.” Some security experts are criticising the guidelines.
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