Time to address "gaps and inconsistencies" in Privacy Act - Stott Despoja

Australian Democrats spokesperson Senator Natasha Stott Despoja has announced the Australian Democrats welcomed the release of a Privacy Code for the biometrics industry, particularly the Code's coverage of employee records, which are otherwise exempt from the Privacy Act.

"I have long campaigned for the Privacy Act to be updated to cover emerging technology such as biometrics, and for the numerous holes in the Act, such as those for employee records, to be addressed," Senator Stott Despoja said in a statement dated 31/07/2006.

Address gaps in Privacy Act before rolling out ID card, says Stott Despoja

The Senator said the "gaps and inconsistencies" in the Privacy Act were some of the "key reasons" she has initiated a Senate inquiry into the Privacy Act, which reported back to the Parliament in 2005.<

"Of particular concern, the inquiry into the Privacy Act also found the Act is failing to keep pace with other emerging technologies which remain outside the coverage of the Act, including smartcards and microchips," Senator Stott Despoja. "I hope these outstanding issues will be addressed before the Government's new "Access Card" is rolled out."

2 August, 2006

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