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The Australian reports on recommendations from Henry Davis York Partner Matthew McMillan urging organisations “to closely examine their cloud computing contracts, especially with overseas suppliers, to avoid breaching new privacy laws that could see fines of up to $1.7 million.” The Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which will replace the National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles, come into effect 12 March, and McMillan, who specializes in privacy and technology, warns that certain contracts may need to be revised to address the Privacy Act’s “new accountability principle.” McMillan explains, “If there is an act of omission by an overseas entity, which would otherwise breach the APPs, then the Australian-based entity will be liable for the acts and omissions of the overseas entity.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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