While the CPRC generally supports the proposed amendments in Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021, we note that the development of the Online Privacy Code (the OP Code), only partially addresses the issues Australian consumers currently face due to lack of choice and control over the collection, sharing and use of their personal information across digital settings. We urge the Government to prioritise and fast-track the review of the Privacy Act to address the increasing ubiquity of data collection, use and disclosure in the economy that goes beyond the scope of the specific industry sectors captured within the proposed OP Code.

In addition to prioritising the economy-wide privacy reform, our submission also calls for:

  • well-resourced and effective enforcement measures
  • comprehensive consumer experience research
  • effective dispute resolution.

Submission to The Attorney-General’s Department: Online Privacy Bill