OAICicon — 22 January 2014

Next ICON meeting — call for agenda items

The first Information Contact Officer Network (ICON) meeting for 2014 will be held on Tuesday 18 February in Canberra.

9.00 am–12.00 pm Tuesday 18 February 2014

Ground Floor
Rooms M20 – M22
4 National Circuit

Please email icon@oaic.gov.au by COB Wednesday 29 January 2014 if you would like to suggest any agenda items for the meeting.

Please register your attendance by COB Thursday 13 February 2014 by sending an email to icon@oaic.gov.au. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others in your agency.

Further details about the meeting will be posted on our website once the agenda is finalised.

Privacy law reform update

Credit Reporting (CR) Code registered

The Credit Reporting Privacy Code (CR Code), a mandatory code that binds credit providers and credit reporting bodies, has today been registered on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) Codes Register and will take effect from 12 March 2014.

APP Guidelines

The OAIC is currently considering the feedback received during the consultation process on the draft APP Guidelines. We are aiming to get these finalised and published as soon as possible.

Consultation — Privacy (Persons Reported as Missing) Rules 2014

A reminder that the public consultation on the draft Privacy (Persons Reported as Missing) Rules 2014 closes for comment on Friday 31 January 2014.

Subsection 16A(2) of the amended Privacy Act states that the Commissioner may make rules relating to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information by APP entities to assist in the location of missing persons.

Submissions can be sent to consultation@oaic.gov.au

Information Commissioner review decisions

Philip Morris Ltd and Department of Health [2014] AICmr 5 (17 January 2014)

Whether dealing with request would be a substantial and unreasonable diversion of resources — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) ss 24, 24AA, 24AB

Australian Private Hospitals Association and Department of the Treasury [2014] AICmr 4 (16 January 2014)

Whether giving access would disclose information that would reasonably be regarded as irrelevant to the request — Cabinet documents — Whether disclosure of documents would reveal Cabinet deliberations — Whether disclosure would disclose commercially valuable information — Whether documents disclose deliberative matter — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt document — (CTH) FOI Act ss 22, 34, 47, 47C

Nolen and Special Broadcasting Service [2014] AICmr 2 (14 January 2014)

Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents — Legal professional privilege — Whether documents are subject to legal professional privilege — Whether legal professional privilege waived — (CTH) FOI Act ss 24A(1), 42

Welch and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [2014] AICmr 3 (14 January 2014)

Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents — Information as to the existence of certain documents — (CTH) FOI Act ss 24A, 25

AW’ and Australian Taxation Office [2014] AICmr 1 (10 January 2014)

Refusal of access to documents — Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents — Whether computer user ID codes exempt from disclosure — (CTH) FOI Act ss 24A, 47E

Please refer to our website for a full list of Information Commissioner reviews

Publications — FOI Guidance material

In December the OAIC updated Part 4 of the FOI Guidelines (Charges for providing access). The new version is available on the OAIC website, along with a summary of the update.

The OAIC also released four new sample FOI notices: acknowledgement of request to amend personal information; decision to amend personal information; decision not to amend personal information; agreement to settle Information Commissioner review proceedings (s 55F).

Those notices are available as part of FOI agency resource 11: Sample FOI notices

Publications — OAIC resources now available in different languages

A number of OAIC resources have been translated into languages other than English. This information is available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Data Privacy Day 2014

Data Privacy Day is being held on 28 January 2014 and is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.

The OAIC is proud to be a Data Privacy Day Champion.

Data Privacy Day is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit organisation dedicated to cybersecurity education and awareness.

For further information or to get involved, visit the Data Privacy Day website.

Privacy Awareness Week 2014

Privacy Awareness Week will be held from 4–11 May 2014, but it’s not too soon to get involved. The OAIC is asking agencies to sign up as a PAW partner. This is the perfect way to demonstrate to your staff and stakeholders that your agency is committed to best privacy practice. Being a partner is a non-financial arrangement; we just ask that you actively promote privacy awareness during the Week.

Please get in touch with the OAIC to find out more. 

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