OAICnet — 12 March 2014

Media Release — New privacy laws start today

Important changes to the Privacy Act 1988 commence today, 12 March 2014. The changes include a new set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) that will regulate the handling of personal information by Australian Government agencies, businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million or those trading in personal information and all private health service providers. There are also changes to the credit reporting provisions of the Privacy Act and new regulatory powers for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

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Law reform resources are available on the OAIC’s law reform webpage.

Joint media release — Telstra breached privacy of 15,775 customers

The OAIC and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) have issued a joint media release finding that Telstra breached privacy laws in related investigations.

Between February 2012 and May 2013, the information of 15,775 Telstra customers from 2009 and earlier was accessible on the internet. This included the information of 1,257 active silent line customers.

Read the media release

Read the OAIC Own motion investigation report

Read the ACMA report

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 organisation 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.

The OAIC has published details of the PAW 2014 campaign. Further event information will be available soon.

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

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