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Latest media releases

Privacy law reform report card

Today marks the first anniversary of the most significant changes to Australian privacy laws in over 25 years. On 12 March 2014, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) commenced.

Australian Information Commissioner releases report into FOI processing at the Department of Human Services

The Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan has released an investigation report into freedom of information (FOI) processing at the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Global privacy authorities urge app marketplaces to make links to privacy policies mandatory

Privacy enforcement authorities from around the world are calling on app marketplaces to make it mandatory for mobile app developers to post links to privacy policies prior to download if they’re going to collect personal information.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection unlawfully disclosed personal information of asylum seekers

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been found in breach of the Privacy Act 1988, by failing to adequately protect the personal information of approximately 9,250 asylum seekers. They have also been found to have unlawfully disclosed personal information.

The Australian Privacy Commissioner and the ACMA sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Australian Privacy Commissioner have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise a streamlined approach to telecommunications, spam and telemarketing matters.