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OAICicon — 28 January 2015

OAICnet — 28 January 2015

Guide to securing personal information

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s Guide to securing personal information is a resource to help agencies and organisations to meet their obligations under the Australian Privacy Principles to take reasonable steps to protect personal information. The Guide emphasises the five steps that are necessary for agencies and organisations to take in assessing whether to collect personal information, how to protect it, and what to do with it once it is no longer needed.

Privacy tips for the festive season

At this busy time of year it is easy to forget about protecting your privacy, but people share a lot of information over the festive season – online shopping, giveaways, competitions and loyalty cards all ask you to share your personal information.

Public Holidays and agency shutdown periods guidance

Public holidays can affect an agency’s ability to process freedom of information requests within statutory timeframes, particularly the period of time between Christmas and the New Year when most Australian Government agencies shut down operations.

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