Sunday, February 20, 2011

Privacy Act Declaration of Emergency

A little known aspect of Australia's Privacy Act (1998) is provision for Declaration of emergency. The Prime Minister or the Attorney General can make a declaration so that the usual restrictions on collection and use of personal information can be relaxed. The Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet website has a page to list emergency declarations. There are currently two listed, for the Queensland 2011 floods and Victorian 2009 brushfires.

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