Media releases

In this section of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) website you will find media releases relating to all three of our functions — freedom of information, privacy and information policy.

For media comment and enquiries please contact media@oaic.gov.au or call 0407 663 968.

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Latest Media Releases

Telstra breaches privacy of 15,775 customers

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) have found Telstra breached privacy laws in related investigations. Between February 2012 and May 2013, the information of 15,775 Telstra customers from 2009 and earlier was accessible on the internet. This included the information of 1,257 active silent line customers.

Read more: Telstra breaches privacy of 15,775 customers

Privacy laws change tomorrow

Important changes to the Privacy Act 1988 commence on 12 March 2014.

The changes include a new set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) that will regulate the handling of personal information by Australian Government agencies, businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million or those trading in personal information and all private health service providers.

Read more: Privacy laws change tomorrow

Australians' right to privacy strengthened with new privacy laws

Today is Data Privacy Day and a timely opportunity to remind Australians that new privacy laws start on 12 March 2014. The new laws will apply to Australian Government agencies, private sector businesses and not-for profit organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988.

Read more: Australians' right to privacy strengthened with new privacy laws

Annual Report 2012–13: FOI complaints up 17%, privacy complaints up 10%

In 2012–13, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) received an increased number of privacy and freedom of information (FOI) enquiries, complaints and review applications.

‘While the increased caseload created workload challenges, it is a pleasing confirmation of the assistance the OAIC is able to provide to the public, government agencies, and private sector organisations,’ said Australian Information Commissioner Prof. John McMillan.

Read more: Annual Report 2012–13: FOI complaints up 17%, privacy complaints up 10%

AAPT breached Privacy Act

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has found AAPT Limited breached the Privacy Act for failing to adequately protect customer data from unauthorised access. The Commissioner also found that AAPT had failed to comply with its obligation to destroy or permanently de-identify information no longer in use.

Read more: AAPT breached Privacy Act

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