One-third of Govt sites lack privacy statement

Nearly one-third of Commonwealth Government Web sites still fail to meet the basic requirement of displaying a privacy statement, Federal Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton has warned.

Releasing the results of a privacy audit of government Web sites, Crompton described the results as "disappointing", considering the proximity of the December deadline to comply with new privacy legislation.

"For government agencies, anything less than 100 per cent compliance is not acceptable. It is a key part of the Government Online plan, yet the audit clearly shows many government agencies are still failing their Web users," Crompton said.

"It is clear from this audit that a number of agencies need to devote more systematic attention to ensuring their Web sites comply with the guidelines.

"After all, what is being asked of agencies is not unreasonable or difficult. It is simply a matter of them paying more attention to the privacy implications of their Web sites than they have to date."

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