AMA submission - Privacy Act Review

11 Dec 2020

This AMA submission responds to a very lengthy Privacy Act Review - Issues Paper following the release of the recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry.

The AMA is of the view that the current principle-based approach in section 2a of the Privacy Act 1988 Cth, achieves the flexibility needed for a single Act to regulate consumer privacy across diverse organisations. In this review of the Privacy Act, it is important to acknowledge the Act applies to large and small organisations including small medical practitioners who provide healthcare and any changes to the Privacy Act should not impose additional privacy regulation on medical practices as they are already required to adhere to strong privacy positive practices.