Privacy

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has responsibility for regulating and providing advice on the operation of the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and other privacy-related legislation.

The Privacy Act provides protection to individuals against the mishandling of personal information by Australian, ACT and Norfolk Island government agencies and some private sector organisations. Personal information is information that identifies you or could reasonably identify you.

In this section, you will find information about privacy and the OAIC’s role as the federal privacy regulator.

This page makes up a part of the OAIC Information Publication Scheme IPS

Privacy News

  • Launch of Privacy regulatory action policy

    (Privacy news) Monday, 17 November 2014

    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.

    Read more: Launch of Privacy regulatory action policy

  • Don’t leave your webcam open to view

    (Privacy news) Wednesday, 12 November 2014

    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.

    Read more: Don’t leave your webcam open to view

  • Telstra privacy breach caused fear for physical safety

    (Privacy news) Wednesday, 05 November 2014

    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.

    Read more: Telstra privacy breach caused fear for physical...

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