Australia’s privacy watchdog is ‘woefully’ and ‘criminally’ underfunded

If there’s one thing privacy experts agree on, it’s that the watchdog tasked with enforcing Australia’s Privacy Act is not adequately resourced or funded to police contraventions of the act in any meaningful way.

It’s not that Australia’s privacy laws are necessarily inadequate, according to Malcolm Crompton, a former federal Australian privacy commissioner who is now managing director at privacy consulting outfit Information Integrity Solutions. “What is happening is that the law is not being enforced,” Crompton told Crikey, because the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), is inadequately funded.

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