Presentation slides from the last Information Contact Officer Network (ICON) meeting on 16 April 2013 are now available. Please visit the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) website for more information.
The next ICON meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 August 2013 in Canberra. Please save the date in your diary. Further information will be available soon.
Privacy Awareness Week 2013 — thank you for your support!
This year we had a record number of 158 Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) partners, including 37 government agencies.
It was encouraging to see so many agencies demonstrate their commitment to privacy. Our partners marked PAW 2013 in a variety of ways — from running computer based learning programs, client sessions, and staff briefings, to attending OAIC events, and placing PAW logos on their websites and intranets. Many thanks for your support! If you haven’t been in touch yet, we would love to hear about what you got up to! Email email@example.com with the details.
Sold out launch event
PAW was officially launched on Monday 29 April by the Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP. The sold out launch event was attended by 190 privacy professionals and focused on information security and privacy. The Attorney-General also launched the OAIC’s new Guide to Information Security: ‘Reasonable steps’ to protect personal information at the event. There is a one page summary of the guide available on our website.
Other speakers included Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissioner, Gary Blair, Executive General Manager, Enterprise Privacy, Identity & Cyber, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Stephen Wilson, Managing Director, Lockstep Group. Professor John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner, was the MC for the event. Speeches and presentations from the event are now available.
PAW 2013 media and social media
The OAIC issued a number of media releases during the week. Privacy issues, including privacy law reform, were covered extensively in the media and on social media (Facebook and Twitter). The OAIC and our partners also tweeted using the #2013PAW hashtag.
Other PAW events
Timothy Pilgrim and Prof. John McMillan spoke at a number of other events during the Week — see our website for more information.
The OAIC also launched a number of publications during the Week including:
- Privacy Business Resource 2: Privacy Act reforms—Checklist for APP entities (organisations) (PDF)
- Privacy Agency Resource 2: Privacy Act reforms—Checklist for APP entities (agencies) (PDF)
- Guide to information security: ‘reasonable steps’ to protect personal information (PDF)
- Guide to information security summary (PDF)
- Privacy law reform training slides for APP entities (agencies)
- Privacy law reform training slides for APP entities (organisations)
If you have any comments about this year's PAW campaign, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OAIC participates in GPEN internet sweep
This week the OAIC participated in the first International Internet Privacy Sweep, along with nineteen other privacy enforcement authorities — all members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network. OAIC staff searched 50 of the most used websites by Australians to assess the accessibility, readability and content of privacy policies. The list of websites also contained those government agencies and privacy sector organisations most complained about to the OAIC. For more information about the activity see our media release.
The OAIC has published a number of submissions on the OAIC website.
Mobile privacy: A better practice guide for mobile app developers
The OAIC is seeking comment on a draft guide for mobile app developers. The guide has been developed to help mobile app developers embed better privacy practices in their products.
The due date for comments on the draft guide has been extended to 13 May 2013. The final version of the guide will be released once the submissions have been considered.
Information Commissioner Reviews
The latest IC reviews are available on the OAIC website.
Note: HTML versions of IC reviews appear on AustLII.
FOI statistics deadlines – reminder
In anticipation of the end of annual reporting period, please be aware that agencies 4th quarter FOI statistical returns are required to be submitted by 21 July 2013. Annual returns are required to be submitted by 31 July 2013. As the OAIC relies on the submission of individual agency FOI statistics for our annual report, it is very important that these dates are adhered to. Late returns will not be accepted.