29 May 2024

WA implements new privacy laws

WA implements nation-first privacy laws to better protect personal state-held data

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The Western Australian Government introduced the Privacy and Responsible Information Sharing Bill 2024, the first in Australia, to protect personal data and enable secure sharing within the government. It requires reporting significant data breaches to the Information Commissioner. Attorney-General John Quigley stressed the importance of data protection, especially after recent breaches. The Information Commissioner Bill 2024 creates roles to manage privacy complaints, and a Chief Data Officer will promote transparency. Minister Stephen Dawson highlighted the legislation's support for WA's digital future through secure government services.

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