Inquiry will examine Australia's privacy laws

Smart cards, genetic testing and other new technologies will come under the spotlight of a parliamentary inquiry that will review Australia's privacy laws next year.

The Senate yesterday passed a motion put forward by the Australian Democrats to establish a formal inquiry.

Calling for tougher privacy laws to address changes in technology, Democrats leader Andrew Bartlett said current laws need to be reviewed to ensure emerging technologies are covered.

He said the inquiry will examine how privacy laws are affecting business and industry and recommend changes if they are required.

The inquiry by the Senate's legal and constitutional committee will report by June 30.

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