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Launch of new Framework to embed privacy culture

To mark the start of Privacy Awareness Week, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has launched a new Privacy management framework to assist public and private sector organisations to meet their ongoing compliance obligations and embed a culture that respects privacy.

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, said that the OAIC recognises the need to help organisations with the fundamentals of privacy governance.

‘Privacy management is an obligation that is continuous and proactive and for it to be successful it must have support from an organisation’s leadership team,’ Mr Pilgrim said.

The Privacy management framework provides practical guidance on how to establish and implement a privacy management plan, including a four step approach that will help organisations protect privacy and improve their processes.

‘A privacy management plan should commit both people and resources to make sure there is clear accountability for privacy in your organisation’, said Mr Pilgrim.

The Framework provides the structure and methodology to enable organisations to build privacy into their business processes by emphasising governance, leadership and accountability as forming the basis of robust privacy management.

‘I expect all organisations that have responsibilities under the Privacy Act to make a commitment to implement this Framework. This will put organisations in the best position to address privacy challenges head-on, meet their obligations under the Act, and ultimately get ahead of the game.’

The Framework was launched at the annual Privacy Awareness Week business breakfast, which this year focused on privacy governance and the privacy outlook for the coming year. The event included a panel discussion with experts from the media, social media, government and academic sector discussing the intersection of privacy regulation, technology and community expectations.

Link to Privacy management Framework: http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-resources/privacy-guides/privacy-management-framework

Media contact:          Ms Tessa Loftus          0407 663 968              media@oaic.gov.au

Privacy Awareness Week (3–9 May 2014) is the primary privacy awareness and education event in the Asia Pacific region. For more information see www.privacyawarenessweek.org.