Though it received much attention from lawmakers, a bill (S. 494) that would have protected federal employees who disclosed information about government wrongdoing stalled. It was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee but was never considered by the full Senate. The bill would have prevented reprisals against government workers who publicly released information regarding waste, abuse, or gross mismanagement in the federal government. Such abuses in relation to secret national defense information could have been disclosed to a member of Congress.
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.