A bill (H.R. 2015) introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity by employers, employment agencies, or labor organizations. The bill would not be applicable to religious groups or the armed forces. If passed, the bill would not preempt or alter existing state laws on the issue.
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.