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

Department of Immigration and Border Protection unlawfully disclosed personal information of asylum seekers

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been found in breach of the Privacy Act 1988, by failing to adequately protect the personal information of approximately 9,250 asylum seekers. They have also been found to have unlawfully disclosed personal information.

Australian Privacy Commissioner and ACMA sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Australian Privacy Commissioner have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise a streamlined approach to telecommunications, spam and telemarketing 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.

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