How do you manage your Australian data?
The Federal Government is proposing changes to its IT policy that would allow businesses to store their data outside of Australia’s jurisdiction and potentially to circumvent Australian law.
The changes, if adopted, would allow Australian businesses to operate without the approval of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), which would make it much harder for Australians to keep their data secure.
Under the proposed changes, companies would be able to store data outside Australia without the knowledge or approval of their Australian customers.
The Federal Government has proposed the changes in a bid to ensure Australia is “fantastically successful” when it comes to managing data.
Australia’s new Data Protection Act Under the new law, Australian businesses will be able, in theory, to store Australian data outside the country.
However, the legislation does not give the AFP the power to force Australian companies to do so.
Instead, the AFP can only demand that Australian companies store data in an appropriate location.
In the case of the new changes, the Australian Privacy Principles would be used as the basis for the new policy, which would allow for the collection of data about Australian citizens in Australia but not overseas.
This would include data on people, their families, friends and businesses.
It would also include the personal information of Australians residing overseas, if it was deemed relevant to an AFP investigation.
The new legislation would also require that data stored outside of the country be kept “for as long as practicable” and “in a manner that minimises or avoids the possibility of harm to Australian citizens.”
Under the current rules, data from an Australian company is protected if it is used for an Australian government purpose, such as assisting in the investigation of crimes, or protecting the safety of an Australian citizen.
However, in a recent speech to parliament, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that he believed “Australia is a sovereign country that has no interest in being the centre of the global internet.”
“We will never allow our government to intrude on our sovereignty,” he said.
While the new legislation has yet to be approved by the Parliament, there is a high chance that it will pass in the near future.
This article was updated on April 30 to include the Australian Government’s statement that the new laws would allow the collection and storage of Australian citizens data outside their jurisdiction.