Privacy Connections — 21 February 2014

APP guidelines released

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) guidelines following public consultation. The APP guidelines are an essential tool for all entities that are covered by the Privacy Act and will be subject to the new APPs from 12 March 2014.

The APP guidelines outline the mandatory requirements of the APPs, how the OAIC will interpret the APPs, and matters we may take into account when exercising functions and powers under the Privacy Act. The APP guidelines give many examples of how the APPs may apply in particular circumstances and contain suggestions for good privacy practice.

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Privacy policy tool coming soon

The OAIC is developing a practical tool that organisations and agencies can use to assess their privacy policies.

Australian Privacy Principle 1 requires organisations and agencies to have a clearly expressed and up-to-date privacy policy outlining the way they handle personal information. The tool will provide guidance on how to ensure your organisation’s privacy policy is clear, accessible and complies with the APPs. This tool will be available in March 2014.


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.

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


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