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Privacy Awareness Week 2013 – Get in on the Act

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is gearing up for its biggest Privacy Awareness Week yet. Kicking off on 29 April, the OAIC is focussing on privacy law reform as the theme for this year’s campaign.

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim said that this year’s campaign was particularly important given that reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 will commence in less than 12 months time.

‘This is one of the most significant Privacy Awareness Weeks we’ve ever had’, said Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim.  ‘During this week, I’m asking private sector organisations and agencies to consider where they are at with preparations for the new laws. Early preparation is definitely going to be key for compliance with the new requirements,’ Mr Pilgrim said.

Over 150 partners from the private sector, government agencies, and the not-for-profit sector have joined the OAIC during Privacy Awareness Week to promote the protection of privacy in Australia.

‘I’m extremely encouraged to see so many organisations have put their hand up to demonstrate how seriously they take privacy,’ Mr Pilgrim said.

‘We often say that good privacy is good business. Businesses and government agencies  with an organisational culture that supports and recognises the importance of privacy will enjoy the benefits of customer trust and goodwill.’

During Privacy Awareness Week, the OAIC is also reminding the community that now is a great time reflect on their attitudes to privacy.  

‘Privacy definitely continues to be an issue of concern to the community. The number of complaints that are coming to our office is evidence of that, as is the regularity with which privacy is in the news headlines’, Mr Pilgrim said.

Privacy Awareness Week will be officially launched on Monday 29 April by the Federal Attorney-General the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP at an event in Syndey. The event will focus on information security and privacy and will include the release of the OAIC ’s new Guide to information security: ‘reasonable steps’ to protect personal information.

For interview requests:     Ms Leila Daniels     0407 663 968     media@oaic.gov.au


Notes for editors

Privacy Awareness Week (28 April–4 May 2013) is the primary privacy awareness and education event in the Asia Pacific region. For more information see www.privacyawarenessweek.org.

Launch event Monday 29 April 2013
Privacy Awareness Week will commence with a business breakfast in Sydney on Monday 29 April that will explore privacy and information security issues. The Attorney-General the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP will launch the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s new Guide to Information Security: ‘resonable steps’ to protect personal information. The event will also feature presentations from:

  • Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissioner,
  • Mr Stephen Wilson, Managing Director Lockstep Group
  • Mr Gary Blair, Executive General Manager Enterprise Privacy, Identity & Cyber, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

This event is sold out. However, if media would like to attend please contact media@oaic.gov.au.

Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities

This year the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) have teamed up to talk about why privacy matters in today’s digital world, creating an infographic that shows how evolving technologies create new privacy risks and how citizens and regulators are taking action to protect privacy. The infographic is available to view and share on the APPA Privacy Awareness Week website www.privacyawarenessweek.org as well as the OAIC website.