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

Annual Report 2013–14: 54% more FOI matters resolved, 183% more privacy complaints received

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has today released its 2013–14 Annual Report. In the 12 months ending June 2014, the OAIC handled record numbers of complaints and review applications, while also managing to increase the closure rate of matters.

Mobile apps must put user privacy first

Clear, concise information about privacy practices builds customer trust and is good for business, according to privacy authorities that took part in this year’s global sweep of more than 1200 mobile apps.

New ACT privacy laws introduce Territory Privacy Principles

Privacy laws starting today in the ACT introduce a new set of Territory Privacy Principles (TPPs). The new Information Privacy Act 2014 (ACT)  gives the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) responsibility for investigating, resolving complaints, providing advice and conducting privacy assessments of ACT public sector agencies.

Privacy breach: Medical records kept in garden shed

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has found a medical centre in Melbourne in breach of the Privacy Act 1988 by failing to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive medical records.

Privacy breach: 254,000 Australian online dating profiles hacked

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has found that Cupid Media Pty Ltd (Cupid) breached the Privacy Act 1988 by failing to take reasonable steps to secure the personal information held on its dating websites.

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