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Privacy under wraps as Government announces guidelines

Privacy under wraps as Government announces guidelines

The Federal Privacy Commission has laid the foundation for future legislation regarding online privacy practices for corporate Web sites by announcing a set of guidelines for privacy protection on its own Web sites.

Currently only applicable to Federal Government and ACT Government Web sites the guidelines fulfil the legal responsibilities of Government agencies under the Privacy Act, according to Federal Privacy Commissioner Malcom Crompton, who believes the general principles could be applied to corporate sites also.

"Internet privacy issues, generally, have been gaining prominence recently and a number of online surveys have indicated that privacy is a major concern of Net users," said Crompton. "The guidelines advise agencies on how to address the privacy issues effecting people visiting Federal and ACT Government Web sites."

The guidelines on these government Web sites concentrate on creating transparency between the Web site's use of a visitor's Information.

They can be found at http://www.privacy.gov.au/issues/p7_2.html


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