Next ICON meeting – call for agenda items
The final Information Contact Officer Network (ICON) meeting for 2013 will be held on 6 December 2013 in Sydney.
9.00 am–12.00 pm Friday 6 December 2013
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Hearing rooms 1 and 2
Level 3, 175 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000.
The final meeting agenda will be circulated shortly. Please feel free to invite your colleagues to this event.
Disclosure Log Determination No. 2013-1 (Exempt Documents)
The Australian Information Commissioner made Disclosure Log Determination No. 2013-1 (Exempt Documents) on 14 October 2013, following a public consultation process. The Determination re-implements the terms of an earlier two year determination and has effect for five years from 17 October 2013. It provides that agencies and ministers do not have to publish information in documents given to freedom of information (FOI) applicants if:
- the document was exempt at the time access was given to the FOI applicant, or
- the document would have been exempt if requested by someone other than the FOI applicant.
Consultation: Draft APP Guidelines
The OAIC has published submissions received on the first tranche of draft APP Guidelines (APPs 1–5). Consultation on the second tranche of APP Guidelines (APPs 6–11) has now closed. The third tranche of the Guidelines (APPs 12 and 13) will be available for comment in early November.
Read more about the APP Guidelines consultation process.
Community Attitudes to Privacy survey report
The OAIC recently launched its 2013 Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey report. The study surveyed 1000 Australians to understand their views on, and awareness of, privacy issues. The longitudinal survey has been conducted since 2001 and this year’s results show that Australians are becoming more concerned about privacy risks. There are some interesting results for the public sector, with Government coming in as the third most trusted industry sector, trusted by 69% of Australians.
The survey indicates that the public expects data security protection to be similar in both the public and private sectors. A high majority of survey participants expect to be informed if their information is lost (96% for both government and the private sector). The majority of people (around 95%) also feel they should be made aware how of their information is handled on a day-to-day basis.
Read the OAIC 2013 Community Attitudes to Privacy survey report
Read the Media Release
Watch the Community Attitudes to Privacy video
Access the survey data set
Media release – AAPT breached Privacy Act
The Privacy Commissioner has found AAPT Limited breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) for failing to adequately protect customer data from unauthorised access. The Commissioner also found that AAPT had failed to comply with its obligation to destroy or permanently de-identify information no longer in use.
Information Commissioner review decisions
'AN' and Department of Immigration and Border Protection  AICmr 76 (11 October 2013)
Amendment of personal records — Whether a record of date of birth should be amended —Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) ss 48, 50.
Kemp and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  AICmr 75 (4 October 2013)
Request for statistics concerning lost passports — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency — Whether documents conditionally exempt from release — FOI Act s 47E(d).
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