On this page:
- Privacy law reform and you
- Social media and your privacy
- Young people and privacy
- Older people and privacy
As an individual, you share personal information every day. You might update your status on social media, share your thoughts on Twitter, transact with your bank, buy some clothes online or sign up to a loyalty program. All these interactions will often involve your personal information.
To see how privacy is changing with developments in technology check out our infographic which illustrates how seriously people are taking their privacy across the Asia Pacific region.
If you want to know how to better protect your personal information read our 10 steps guide to protect your personal information.
The new privacy laws that will come into place in March 2014 will ensure that your privacy rights are better protected.
There are three main areas that will change:
- a single set of privacy principles will cover both the public and private sectors
- the Commissioner will get more powers to enforce privacy laws
- credit reporting rules will change to allow ‘comprehensive credit reporting’. This will allow the reporting of information about your current credit commitments and repayment history information over the previous two years
See our privacy law reform webpage for more information about the changes.
Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends, family and your favourite interest groups. But do you really know who can see what you are sharing?
Here are some tips on how to ensure you’re in control of who can see your personal information on social media sites:
- Check your privacy settings
- Think about the information you share online and how it's being used — what might a future employer or partner think if they read it?
- Remember that the internet lets your information be collected and shared easily. The harmless information you post could be added to the mix, creating a full profile about you. Who might see it?
- Be aware of who might pass things on. Sharing information with just a few people doesn't stop it reaching a wider audience
- Ask for consent before you post and tag pictures of someone else, and request that they do the same for you
- Control the access different people in your life have to your personal details by setting up 'friend' groups
- Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know
- Location based check-ins can be risky. Do you really want everyone to know that no-one's home?
If you would like more information about protecting yourself online visit the Protecting yourself and your information online and Online social networking location-based services pages on the ACMA website.
Check out this list of resources compiled by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities members for young people from across the Asia Pacific region. From games to quizzes, factsheets and animations, these resources explain why it is important for you to exercise your privacy rights. Follow these tips to stay in control of your privacy.
Just because your older and wiser doesn’t mean you don’t need to be careful about privacy. You always need to be mindful of the personal information you give away. Follow these tips to stay in control of your privacy.
The Moneysmart website has detailed information about how seniors can protect their money.
The Scamwatch website has information on the latest scams and what you can do if you think you have been targeted by a scammer.