Privacy news

In this section of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) website you will find current news relating to privacy.

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National Consumer Fraud Week

Did you know that identity theft is now one of the most common crimes in Australia? Identity theft involves scammers stealing your personal information to commit fraudulent activities, like opening accounts in your name, or making unauthorised purchases on your credit card.

Privacy assessment of ACT Justice and Community Safety portfolio

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has published a report outlining the findings of the first privacy assessment conducted under the Territory Privacy Principles (TPPs). The TPPs were introduced by the Information Privacy Act 2014 (ACT) on 1 September 2014 and apply to ACT public sector agencies.

Consultation on the Guide to privacy regulatory action

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released for public comment on an exposure draft of the remaining three chapters of the Guide to privacy regulatory action (the Guide). Exposure drafts of the other six chapters of the Guide were released for public comment in November 2014 and are in the process of being finalised.

Beware of unusual requests for membership lists

Organisations are being warned to watch out for unusual email requests for membership lists.

APP guidelines update

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued updates to the Australian Privacy Principle (APP) guidelines. The APP guidelines were released in February 2014 ahead of the commencement of privacy law reform, and are the primary guidance for entities in how to interpret and comply with the APPs. These updates have been made following feedback from stakeholders throughout the first year of the new privacy laws.

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