Privacy Law and Policy Reporter
Malaysia has announced plans to enact a privacy law covering both the public and private sectors in March 1998, as part of its electronic commerce initiatives. It is expected that both automated and manual processing will be covered, and there will be an independent supervisory authority. Development of a privacy law is also in the early stages in Singapore.
The latest release of the Federal Privacy Handbook contains the Privacy Commissioner’s Plain English Guidelines to IPPs 8-11, the parts of the new Telecommunications Act affecting privacy, and a host of other legislative changes over the last year. The Handbook is now published by CCH Australia for the Commissioner, and two updates per year are promised. There is now a brief ‘Federal Privacy Update’ brochure with each release.
The Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) was formed at the annual meeting of the Internet Society in Montreal. Members of the coalition include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Human Rights Watch, the Internet Society, Privacy International, the Association des Utilisateurs d’Internet, and other civil liberties and human rights organisations. GILC’s very informative web site is at http://www.gilc.org/
GILC’s statement of principles says that it advocates:
They invite internet users from around the world to join GILC in this campaign.
New privacy books available from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/) include:
Queensland’s Information Commissioner has established an Internet web site which includes all formal decisions issued by the Commissioner as well as general information and guidance about Freedom of Information laws in Queensland. The address is http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/infocomm