APP Guidelines — public consultation
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released new Australian Privacy Principles (APP) Guidelines for consultation. The Guidelines outline how the OAIC will interpret and apply the APPs, which are central to new privacy laws that will commence on 12 March 2014.
The OAIC encourages those with an interest in privacy and best practice personal information handling to consider these Guidelines and make a submission so that the final Guidance can be as useful as possible.
The following APP Guidelines have been released for public consultation
- APP 1 — Open and transparent management of personal information
- APP 2 — Anonymity and pseudonymity
- APP 3 — Collection of solicited personal information
- APP 4 — Dealing with unsolicited personal information
- APP 5 — Notification of the collection of personal information
Chapters covering general matters have also been released:
- Chapter A — Introductory matters
- Chapter B — Key concepts
- Chapter C — Permitted general situations
- Chapter D — Permitted health situations
The consultation is open until COB Friday 20 September 2013. Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The OAIC strongly encourages organisations to channel their feedback on the Guidelines through industry associations and peak bodies to ensure that the Guidelines can be finalised as soon as possible.
The remainder of the draft Guidelines will be released over the next month. Finalised Guidelines will be published before the end of the year.
Website privacy policies are too long and complex
The OAIC has released the results of a ‘privacy sweep’ of the websites most used by Australians. The sweep was part of the first international internet privacy sweep, an initiative of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN).
Almost 50 website privacy policies were assessed for accessibility, readability and content. The websites were also assessed against new transparency requirements in the Privacy Act that will come into effect on 12 March 2014.
iappANZ Health and Privacy Workshop
The next iappANZ (International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand) workshop will be held in Brisbane on Thursday 12 September 2013.
The Have you had your privacy health check-up? workshop will offer practical advice and insights into best practice for protecting health information in the countdown to upcoming changes in privacy laws. Presenters include:
- Helen Clarke, Corrs
- James Kelaher, Smart Net
- Dr Richard Kidd, AMA QLD
- Dr Trish Williams, Edith Cowan University
Thursday 12 September 2013, 2.30 pm for a 3pm start. Finish 5pm.
Queensland Health Privacy and Right to Information Branch
Level 17, Training Room 1
53 Albert Street
Visit the iappANZ website to register.
iappANZ 2013 Privacy Summit
The sixth iappANZ annual one-day conference will take place on Monday 25 November in Sydney.
The conference will feature three international keynote speakers:
- Former UK ICO Richard Thomas CBE
- Mikko Niva, Chief Privacy Officer, Nokia
- Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT Decentralised Information Group
Visit the iappANZ website for more information.
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