Privacy media releases

In this section of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) website you will find media releases relating to privacy.

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Latest Privacy 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

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

Privacy is a priority for the Australian community

Results from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) 2013 Community Attitudes to Privacy survey were released today. The survey results show that Australians are becoming more concerned about privacy risks. People expect the organisations they deal with to take effective steps to safeguard their personal information.

Read more: Privacy is a priority for the Australian community

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