ACA extends deadline for data standard submissions

Public submissions to the Australian Communications Authority for the proposed industry standard to protect consumer and personal data has been extended until August.

Previously the deadline for submissions was July 1; however, stakeholders requested an extension according to ACA chairman Dr Bob Horton, who expects the extra time will encourage submissions from the wider community.

The ACA draft standard, released on May 25, 2005, suggests new measures designed to balance community and commercial expectations about the use of personal information.

"Concerns over the improper use of telecommunications customer information led the ACA to make a draft mandatory standard covering the use of this information," Horton said.

"The ACA will consult the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Office of the Federal Privacy Commission and a consumer body before determining a standard."

Written submissions on the draft can be sent by e-mail to draftstandard@acma.gov.au

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