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Law Council emphasises need for privacy in upcoming Cyber Security review

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In the recently released 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy Discussion Paper, the Law Council of Australia has emphasised the critical importance of upholding privacy rights by minimising invasive personal data collection practices in the upcoming Cyber Security Act.

The Law Council recognises that while cybersecurity measures are essential to safeguard against cyber threats, these efforts should not come at the expense of individual privacy. The Discussion Paper acknowledges that since personal data is so valuable, it is a prime target for cybercriminals seeking to exploit sensitive information for malicious purposes. To counter such threats effectively, the Law Council believes that cybersecurity policies must prioritise the protection of personal data.

The Law Council wants the Discussion Paper review to monitor the current review of the Privacy Act, with a focus on information retention. This ties into the key aspect of proportionality and consistency of the regulatory landscape. Having disjointed data protection measures will not achieve the goal of minimising cyber threats. The Discussion Paper supports the implementation of comprehensive data protection laws that govern how both public and private entities collect, handle, and retain personal information. Striking a delicate balance between legitimate data collection and individual privacy rights is vital to maintain public trust and confidence in the digital ecosystem.

Furthermore, the Law Council emphasises the importance of strong encryption practices to safeguard the confidentiality of communications and sensitive data. Encryption not only protects individuals’ privacy but also ensures secure data exchanges between businesses, government agencies, and citizens. However, the Law Council did state the need for a nuanced approach when it comes to balancing encryption with legitimate law enforcement access to information for investigative purposes.

Transparency in data handling practices is another critical aspect championed by the Law Council. Entities responsible for collecting and processing data should be transparent about their privacy policies and practices. This empowers individuals to make informed decisions about sharing their data and fosters a culture of trust between citizens and the organizations that handle their information. Furthermore, the Law Council supports improved education on data and privacy for all levels of market.

Overall, the Law Council argues for a balanced regulatory framework that supports personal data protection and privacy whilst strengthening national cybersecurity.

For a full reading of the discussion paper, see here.

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