New research indicates Web sites still have a long way to go with regards to privacy issues, with most Australian sites waiting for the Privacy Bill, currently being debated by Federal Parliament, to be finalised before taking any action.
Andersen Legal has surveyed what it believes to be the Top 100 Web sites developed in Australia and compared the results to similar surveys overseas. The research concludes that Internet businesses need to review their privacy practices to ensure both compliance to the National Privacy Principles announced earlier this year, and the expectations of online consumers.
The survey indicates that at least three quarters of online sites gather or have the capacity to gather personal identifying information such as e-mail addresses, names, phone numbers, credit card details and street addresses that can be used to locate a person.
Over 40 per cent of the Top 100 sites collected information without the user's knowledge, using techniques such as cookies to track use of the site.