Privacy news

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

For media enquiries and interview requests please contact media@oaic.gov.au or call 0407 663 968.

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Latest News

Credit reporting privacy code varied

The registered credit reporting privacy code (CR code) has now been varied. Following an application by the Australian Retail Credit Association the Information Commissioner today approved a variation to extend the 5 day 'grace period' to 14 days, for repayment history information to be classified as a missed payment. The varied CR code has been registered on the OAIC's Codes register.  

Read more: Credit reporting privacy code varied

Application to vary credit reporting code

The Australian Retail Credit Association has applied to vary the Credit Reporting Privacy Code — to extend the 5 day 'grace period' to 14 days for repayment history information to be classified as a missed payment. The OAIC is currently considering the application.

Read more: Application to vary credit reporting code

AMSRO consultation on the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014

The Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO) has today released for public consultation the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014, the first voluntary Australian Privacy Principles (APP) code developed for the privacy reforms that commenced on 12 March 2014.

AMSRO has requested comments on the code be forwarded to them by 30 April 2014.

Following the consultation AMSRO will submit an application for registration of the code to the OAIC.

More information on AMSRO's consultation: Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014 - public consultation information (External website)

Read more: AMSRO consultation on the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014

Privacy laws change tomorrow

Important changes to the Privacy Act 1988 commence on 12 March 2014.

The changes include a new set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) that will regulate the handling of personal information by Australian Government agencies, businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million or those trading in personal information and all private health service providers.

Read more: Privacy laws change tomorrow

OAIC and the ACMA: Telstra breaches privacy

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) have found Telstra breached privacy laws in related investigations. Between February 2012 and May 2013, the information of 15,775 Telstra customers from 2009 and earlier was accessible on the internet. This included the information of 1,257 active silent line customers.

Read more: OAIC and the ACMA: Telstra breaches privacy

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