A bill (S.B. 132) pending in the New Mexico legislature would make it illegal for a public employer to retaliate against an employee who discloses or threatens to disclose an unlawful act committed by that employer. The bill would also outlaw retaliation against any employee who testifies as part of an investigation or hearing or who refuses to participate in an unlawful or improper act. The bill would also allow employees to sue for civil damages in such cases.
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.