Government threatens ‘boots and all' approach

In a stern warning to business last week the federal government threatened to introduce heavy-handed legislation if organisations did not immediately respond to privacy issues in the workplace.

Federal Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton said the current climate is the least amount of regulation business will ever see. He predicted privacy will shift to the forefront of public debate in the next couple of years forcing the government to take a "boots and all" approach if problems are not resolved now.

"The legislation that is currently before the Parliament is the least amount of regulation [business] will ever face on privacy; unless business takes the opportunity now to address privacy concerns the political pressure will mount and the response will be more legislation, unequivocally," Crompton said.

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