OAICicon — 28 February 2014

OAIC enforcement approach to new privacy laws from 12 March 2014

The Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner have issued a statement about the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) enforcement approach to new privacy laws from 12 March 2014.

Read the statement


De-identification resources

Do you hold personal information in your agency that needs to be de-identified? The OAIC has published guidance on when de-identification may be appropriate, how to choose appropriate de-identification techniques and how to assess the risk of re-identification.

Read the agency resource


Upcoming consultation — Guide to undertaking privacy impact assessments

A draft Guide to undertaking privacy impact assessments will shortly be released for public consultation.

The Guide will replace the OAIC’s existing Privacy impact assessment guide. The new Guide will reflect the upcoming changes to the Privacy Act 1988, as well as taking into account key features of privacy impact assessment guides from other jurisdictions and research on good practice in undertaking privacy impact assessments.

The draft Guide and other consultation documents will be available at Current privacy consultations on the OAIC website.


Information Commissioner review decisions

Australian Gulf War Veterans Association and Repatriation Medical Authority [2014] AICmr 19 (20 February 2014)
Legal professional privilege — Whether documents subject to legal professional privilege — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 s 42

Thomas and Prime Minister [2014] AICmr 18 (20 February 2014)
Freedom of information — Application of FOI Act to documents where there is a change of Minister — Whether documents are official documents of a Minister — Whether documents are in the possession of a Minister — (CTH) FOI Act ss 4(1), 11A(3), 55K(2)

‘BH’ and Australian Taxation Office [2014] AICmr 17 (18 February 2014)
Whether reasonable steps taken to find documents — Personal information — Whether unreasonable to disclose personal information of applicants in recruitment process — Certain operations of agencies — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the ATO’s operations — Whether disclosure would be contrary to the public interest — (CTH) FOI Act ss 11B, 24A, 47E, 47F

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


Upcoming ICON meetings

The OAIC has confirmed the following dates for 2014 ICON meetings.
Please mark these dates in your diaries.

  • Friday 16 May, Canberra — this event will focus on celebrating Information Awareness Month
  • Tuesday 9 September, Canberra
  • Friday 5 December, Sydney.

Privacy Awareness Week 2014

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) will be held from 4–11 May 2014. Get involved early and 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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