Privacy Connections — 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 organisation 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 business resource

Consultation — Draft Privacy (Credit Related Research) Rule 2014

The OAIC has prepared a draft Privacy (Credit Related Research) Rule 2014 (the draft Rule) for public consultation.
Section 20M of the Privacy Act, which commences on 12 March 2014, only permits the use or disclosure of de-identified credit reporting information where the use or disclosure complies with rules that the Commissioner makes under s 20M(3). The intention of the draft Rule is to provide a balance between credit reporting bodies’ use and disclosure of de-identified credit reporting information, and the protection of an individual’s privacy.

A short consultation paper explains the draft Rule. Comments are due by 21 March 2014.

Read the consultation paper

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.

Public interest determination — notice of application

The OAIC has received an application from the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) for a public interest determination in relation to the processing of international money transfers by authorised deposit-taking (ADI) institutions eg banks, credit unions or building societies.

The OAIC is considering the application

Event — iappANZ Credit Reporting Workshop (Brisbane)

The International Association of Privacy Professionals — Australia and New Zealand (iappANZ) will hold a workshop on credit reporting issues raised by the new Privacy Law reforms.
Speakers at the workshop include:

  • Ian Lockhart, Partner, Minter Ellison Lawyers
  • Damian Paull, CEO, ARCA
  • Andrew Rice, National Security Resilience Policy Division in the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD).

When: Thursday 13 March, 5.15pm for 5.30pm start, finish 7.30pm

Where: Minter Ellison Lawyers, L22, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane

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

Please register at the iappANZ website

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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