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OAIC establishes national privacy consumer forum

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has today announced the establishment of a Consumer Privacy Network and is calling for organisations that represent consumer interests to join.

The Consumer Privacy Network will assist the OAIC to further understand and respond to current privacy issues affecting consumers. The group will meet twice a year for in-person forums, in addition to providing advice to the OAIC throughout the year on key areas of work.

‘Privacy continues to be an issue of growing concern for the community, particularly with the rapid increase in the range of technology and consumer goods that access and rely upon personal information. When consumers understand their rights, they can make informed choices about how their personal information is handled,’ says Mr Timothy Pilgrim, Acting Australian Information Commissioner.

‘In the past year, the OAIC has made a significant difference to consumers’ privacy with the launch of numerous education materials and the finalisation of over 1900 privacy complaints in 2014-15, as well as through its work ongoing with private sector organisations and Australian Government Agencies to help improve their privacy practices,’ Mr Pilgrim added.

‘We want to work closely with consumer protection and advocacy groups that are at the frontline of consumer concerns. The establishment of the Consumer Privacy Network reinforces our commitment to engaging and consulting with consumer communities to best inform our program of work.’

‘I encourage all interested parties to express their interest in joining the Consumer Privacy Network,” said Mr Pilgrim.

Expressions of interest are open until 4 April 2016. For further information and to submit an application please visit www.oaic.gov.au.

About the OAIC

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has a range of regulatory responsibilities and powers under the Privacy Act 1988 and the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

The OAIC is headed by the Acting Australian Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner is supported by the Assistant Commissioner, Regulation & Strategy and the Assistant Commissioner, Dispute Resolution, and OAIC staff.

Media contact: Alison Wares      0407 663 968      media@oaic.gov.au