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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) regulates the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1988, and has responsibility for Information Policy.

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Latest news and events

  • Beware of unusual requests for membership lists

    (Privacy news) 22 April 2015

    Organisations are being warned to watch out for unusual email requests for membership lists.

    Read more: Beware of unusual requests for membership lists

  • APP guidelines update

    (Privacy news) 01 April 2015

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued updates to the Australian Privacy Principle (APP) guidelines. The APP guidelines were released in February 2014 ahead of the commencement of privacy law reform, and are the primary guidance for entities in how to interpret...

    Read more: APP guidelines update

  • Australian Privacy Commissioner accepts enforceable undertaking to enhance information security at Optus

    (Privacy media releases) 27 March 2015

    The Australian Privacy Commissioner (the Commissioner) has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Optus, following three significant privacy incidents where the security of personal information held by Optus was compromised. This is the first enforceable undertaking made under the reforms to...

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  • Privacy law reform report card

    (Privacy media releases) 12 March 2015

    Today marks the first anniversary of the most significant changes to Australian privacy laws in over 25 years. On 12 March 2014, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) commenced.

    Read more: Privacy law reform report card

  • Privacy governance

    (Privacy speeches) 12 February 2015

    Presentation by Timothy Pilgrim to iappANZ, Sydney, 11 February 2015

    Read more: Privacy governance

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