Privacy Connections — 22 January 2014

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 OAIC’s Codes Register and will take effect from 12 March 2014.

The CR code supplements the new credit reporting laws contained in the new Part IIIA of the Privacy Act and the Privacy Regulations 2013. For a full understanding of the new credit reporting provisions, the CR code must be read in conjunction with both Part IIIA and the Regulations. Importantly, a breach of the CR code is a breach of the Privacy Act and the Information Commissioner can use his enhanced powers under the privacy reforms, including agreeing enforceable undertakings or seeking civil penalties, in relation to any breaches.

The CR code was developed by the Australian Retail Credit Association (ARCA) in consultation with industry and consumer groups. The registration of the CR code is a significant milestone in the implementation of these important amendments to the Privacy Act.

Read more on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.

For a more detailed explanation of the credit changes see: Privacy business resource 3: Credit reporting — what has changed and Privacy fact sheet 16: Credit reporting — repayment history information.

The OAIC is in the process of producing education materials about the new credit reporting system aimed at consumers.

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 may be sent to consultation@oaic.gov.au


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.


Event — iappANZ Privacy Wrap Up Training Workshop (Sydney)

The International Association of Privacy Professionals — Australia and New Zealand (iappANZ) will present a wrap up of significant privacy reforms across key areas, including health, credit reporting, data security and offshoring.

Speakers at the workshop include:

  • Timothy Pilgrim, Privacy Commissioner, OAIC
  • James Kelaher, Director, Smartnet
  • Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel, Veda
  • Peter Leonard, Partner, Gilbert +Tobin.

When:  Wednesday 12 February 2014, 2.30pm for 3.00pm start. Finish 5.15pm

Where: Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC),
Room 1, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney (near corner Pitt and King streets)

Cost: Free for iappANZ members. $99 for non-iappANZ members. Cost deductible from membership joining fee

To register, please visit the iappANZ website


Event — iappANZ Data In Flight Training Workshop (Melbourne)

iappANZ will present a two hour intensive workshop on the offshoring of data on Wednesday 19 February 2014. 

Speakers at the workshop will include:

  • Peter Leonard, Partner, Gilbert +Tobin
  • Helaine Leggat, CoFounder Information Legal
  • Carolyn Lidgerwood, Senior Advisor/Counsel, Rio Tinto

When: Wednesday 19 February 2014, 5pm–7.30pm

Where: Gilbert +Tobin Lawyers, Level 22, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

Cost: Free for iappANZ members. $99 for non-iappANZ members. Cost deductible from membership joining fee

To register, please visit the iappANZ 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 calling for PAW partners. In the year of law reform, this is a perfect way to demonstrate your commitment to best privacy practice. Being a partner is a non-financial arrangement, we just ask that you promote and encourage privacy awareness during the Week.

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


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