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Australian Government seeks public submissions regarding doxxing

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The Australian Government is currently undertaking significant reforms regarding doxxing and privacy, aiming to enhance online integrity and protect individuals’ privacy rights in the digital sphere.

Doxxing refers to the malicious act of publicly sharing private or sensitive information about individuals without their consent. It can lead to various harm, including harassment, identity theft, reputational damage, and discrimination. The Australian Government recognises the urgency of addressing these issues to create a safer online environment for all Australians.

As such, the consultation covers a range of proposed reforms, particularly aimed at deterring doxxing activities. Key aspects of the proposed reforms include:

  • Criminalising doxxing by introducing specific offences for doxxing activities, including disclosing personal information with the intent to cause harm or harassment
  • Enhancing privacy protections by strengthening laws and regulations to better protect individuals’ privacy rights online, including provisions for data breach notifications and consent requirements
  • Empowering law enforcement by providing law enforcement agencies with the necessary tools and resources to effectively combat doxxing and privacy violations
  • Public consultation by seeking input from stakeholders and the public to ensure that the reforms reflect community expectations and concerns regarding online safety and privacy.

The Attorney-General’s Department is currently inviting submissions from interested parties on the proposed reforms regarding doxxing and any related privacy concerns.

For a full reading of the media release, see here.

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