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

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.

Telstra privacy breach caused fear for physical safety

Telstra has been ordered to pay $18,000 and apologise to a family law judge after it failed to provide him with reasonable notice that his name and address would be published in the White Pages.

eHealth Annual Report 2013–14

The Annual Report of the Information Commissioner’s activities in relation to eHealth 2013–14 has been tabled in Parliament.

Recent online security incidents

In the last week, there have been reports of two high profile incidents involving people’s personal information becoming available online. Incidents of this nature highlight the importance of managing and protecting the security of personal information, particularly in the online environment.

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