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

Data retention privacy obligations

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published Privacy business resource 11: Telecommunications service providers’ obligations arising under the Privacy Act as a result of Part 5-1A of the TIA Act to assist telecommunications carriers and service providers to understand their key privacy obligations under the data retention scheme, which is due to commence on 13 October 2015.

Privacy business resource: Small business checklist

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released a new Privacy business resource: Does my small business need to comply with the Privacy Act? The resource provides small businesses with information about the Privacy Act 1988, and includes a checklist to help small businesses determine wither they are required to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in the Act.

Guide to privacy regulatory action

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released a new Guide to privacy regulatory action to support the Privacy regulatory action policy released in November 2014. The Guide sets out a detailed explanation of how the OAIC will exercise its privacy regulatory powers and the procedural steps the OAIC will take in using these powers. When taking regulatory action, the OAIC is guided by the principles of independence, accountability, proportionality, consistency, timeliness and transparency.

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.

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