A bill (S. 1125) to amend the Patriot Act, which was passed in the wake of 9-11, has been approved by the Senate Judiciary. The full Senate has agreed to consider the measure.The bill would revise the requirements for government access to business records in counterterrorism investigations by requiring the applicant to present a statement of facts and circumstances that justify the government’s belief that the records are relevant to an investigation. Currently the law allows the government to presume that such records are automatically relevant.
Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.