Optus’ recent data hack prompts Australian government to move on “urgent” privacy reforms

Australia’s Attorney-General has said the government will make “urgent reforms” to the country’s Privacy Act following the Optus breach, where the company was blamed for lax security, resulting in the theft of nearly 10 million customer records. Resulting fines for that could reach as high as 2 million Australian dollars ($1.3 million). Certainly, it has put increased pressure on the government, which has been in process reviewing its privacy laws for several years, and now stated it may move on this within the next month.