Privacy Awareness Week 2013 is nearly here!
We are now only four weeks away from the start of PAW 2013 and over 90 businesses and government agencies have already signed up as partners. If you would like to register your organisation as a partner please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PAW website is now live, complete with information on how to become involved, events, a list of partners and of course our resources page. If you’re on Twitter, tell us what you are doing during PAW by using #2013PAW.
PAW launch event — Business breakfast: Information security
Get together with your privacy colleagues and celebrate PAW 2013 by joining us for breakfast at our launch event on Monday 29 April 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Registrations are now open. To mark the occasion, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP Attorney-General will launch the OAIC’s new Guide to information security — ‘Reasonable steps’ to protect personal information.
The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim will also be joined by Stephen Wilson, Managing Director, Lockstep Group and Gary Blair, Executive General Manager, Enterprise Privacy, Identity & Cyber, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, to discuss information security, the current cyber-security environment and how businesses can ensure they are taking the right steps to ensure compliance with the Privacy Act 1988.
Last year’s event was a sell-out so get your tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out. This is a great opportunity to network with other privacy professionals.
Resources for partners
Our PAW website resources page lists the materials we will be providing over the next few weeks. Make your commitment to privacy visible to your staff and stakeholders by using our new PAW partner web banner or Facebook cover photo. We have a rage of web banners and buttons available in various sizes to suit your intranet or website. Other resources coming in the next couple of weeks include:
- newsletter content you can adapt for staff or client newsletters
- a privacy law reform poster you can print and display around the office
- an Australian Privacy Principles Quick Reference Tool to assist staff familiarise themselves with the new principles
- a privacy law reform training presentation that you can tailor for staff training sessions
- a social media toolkit you can use to tweet and Facebook in the lead up to and during the week
- an infographic produced by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities that you can share on social media, illustrating how important privacy issues remain across the Asia Pacific region.
Current OAIC consultations
Guidelines for developing privacy codes
A reminder that the OAIC has released draft Guidelines for developing codes for public consultation.
The OAIC invites all those with an interest in privacy codes to consider the draft Guidelines and provide comments by 12 April 2013. The final version of the Guidelines will be released after the submissions have been considered.
Mobile privacy: A better practice guide for mobile app developers
The OAIC is seeking comments on a draft guide for mobile app developers. The guide has been developed to help mobile device application (app) developers embed better privacy practices in their products and services. The OAIC invites your comments on the draft guide. The closing date for comment is 17 April 2013. The final version of the Guide will be released during Privacy Awareness Week 2013.
Draft Credit Reporting Code of Conduct – public consultation by Australasian Retail Credit Association (ARCA)
ARCA have released a draft version of a new credit reporting code (CR Code) for public consultation. In December 2012 ARCA was requested by the Australian Privacy Commissioner to develop the new CR code and apply to the OAIC for its registration. The draft CR Code is being released publicly by ARCA so that submissions can be provided to them and taken into account in their further development of the CR Code.
The public consultation process by ARCA closes on 5 May 2013.
For more information about obtaining a copy of the draft CR code from ARCA and making a submission to them go to the ARCA website. After ARCA’s public consultation it is anticipated that an application for the code’s registration will be made to this office. Consequently the OAIC will not be making any public comment on the draft code at this time.
New penalty amounts
On 28 December 2012, section 4AA of the Crimes Act 1914 was amended to increase the amount of a penalty unit from $110 to $170. This means that, under the reforms to the Privacy Act due to commence on 12 March 2014, the maximum penalty amount for a serious or repeated interference with the privacy of an individual will be $340,000 for individuals and $1.7 million for entities.
If you have any questions about the business breakfast, or if there is anything else that we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.
Kind regards Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
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