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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Latest News

Privacy tips for the festive season

At this busy time of year it is easy to forget about protecting your privacy, but people share a lot of information over the festive season – online shopping, giveaways, competitions and loyalty cards all ask you to share your personal information.

42nd APPA Forum concludes

The 42nd Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum has concluded in Vancouver, Canada.

> Read the communique

First APP code

The Privacy Commissioner has registered the first APP Code under new privacy laws. The Association of Market & Social Research Organisations’ (AMSRO) Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014 is an industry-led Code that sets out how the Australian Privacy Principles are to be applied and complied with by AMSRO members in market and social research.

Launch of Privacy regulatory action policy

Speaking at the iappANZ Annual Conference this morning, the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, launched the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's (OAIC) Privacy regulatory action policy.

Don’t leave your webcam open to view

If you have an internet connected webcam installed in your organisation or home, you should ensure that you have changed the manufacturer’s default username and password. Instructions on how to do this should be available in the user manual for your device model or online.

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Changes to privacy law

Content found in this section or on this page may no longer reflect the current law.

> Read more: Privacy law reform

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