72.1 This chapter considers the exceptions to the use and disclosure offences under Part 13 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth). The chapter first considers how the exceptions interact with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). The chapter then discusses whether the scope of some of the exceptions under Part 13 should be confined, or aligned with similar exceptions under the Privacy Act.

72.2 The next section examines the protection of public number directories. This section considers the regulation of the Integrated Public Number Database (IPND) and public number directories not sourced from the IPND. The final section discusses whether public number directories are desirable and whether telecommunications services providers should be able to charge for unlisted numbers.