CIO upfront: Data privacy law back in play as election looms

Pressing issues with our outdated privacy law may finally get a kickstart on 23 September, writes Nelson Siva of Solution Dynamics for CIO magazine.

The current law dates back to 1993, long before commercial use of consumers’ personal data became commonplace.

The Law Commission recommended reforms to the Privacy Act in 2011. The Privacy Commissioner and the Justice Department, quoting “the Government’s stated intention to reform the Act”, have had the legislation under review ever since. But a draft Bill is nowhere in sight.