Contradictions and inconsistencies in Australia's mandatory data breach notification laws

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Gibson, Dennis and Harfield, Clive. (2021). Contradictions and inconsistencies in Australia's mandatory data breach notification laws. Computer Law and Security Review. 42, p. Article 105600.
AuthorsGibson, Dennis and Harfield, Clive

This article critically examines the objectives and practical operation of Australia's mandatory data breach notification [MDBN] law. We find that the scope and application of Australia's law do not reflect the legislative objectives underpinning the law. The wording of the law is ambiguous, and it is beset by conceptual inconsistencies. The law also fails to adequately consider the needs of individuals whose personal information has been compromised in a data breach. As a result, Australia's MDBN law is unlikely to meet the needs of organisations that have experienced a data breach, or of individuals who are notified. We conclude by identifying options for reform to better reflect the law's rationale and to better achieve its objectives. Comparisons are made with similar laws in force in the United States and with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Keywordsdata breach notification; personal information; identity theft; notification threshold
JournalComputer Law and Security Review
Journal citation42, p. Article 105600
PublisherElsevier Ltd
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Scopus EID2-s2.0-85113846645
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1-11
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Online29 Aug 2021
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Deposited02 Aug 2022
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