IDENTITY THEFT OVER THE INTERNET AND AUSTRALIAN LEGISLATIONS

In order to protect individuals’ personal information from unnecessary intrusion or misuse, many countries have enacted data protection laws. In Australia, there is the Federal Privacy Act of 1988, which is complemented by privacy laws in certain Australian states. Increasingly, laws are being proposed and/or enacted and they intend to deal with identity theft crime that unfairly infringe or threaten Internet users' privacy and other civil liberties.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Is identity theft a crime in Australia?
What must victims of identity theft prove in order to avail themselves of the benefit of statutory rights available to them?
What are main Acts in Australia that deal with privacy and security of personal information?
What are the other laws deal with the security of information?

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