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Australia mulls increase in penalties for major data breaches

Posted On: Oct. 25, 2022 9:49 AM CST


Australia is mulling the introduction of new laws that would increase penalties on companies to more than 50 million Australian ($31.6 million) – up from the current AUD2.2 million – for serious or repeated privacy breaches, Reuters reported. This comes after recent major data breaches at Australia’s second-largest telecommunications firm Singtel Optus Pty Ltd. and health insurer Medibank Private, which covers one-sixth of Australians.