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Privacy Awareness Week ends on a high note

Privacy Awareness Week 2012 (PAW) draws to a close today with the Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim saying that the annual campaign of Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) had been a great success.

“With a record number of 145 Australian campaign partners, a growing level of interest and engagement from all sectors of the community, and the announcement of major privacy law reform, privacy will continue to remain an important issue for quite some time.”

The privacy reforms announced by the Attorney-General [dead link: http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Media-releases/Pages/2012/Second Quarter/2-May-2012---Privacy-laws-set-to-reform.aspx] this week are scheduled to be introduced into Parliament in the Winter sitting period.

“This includes many of the changes we have been anticipating since the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review into privacy laws,” Commissioner Pilgrim added.

Commissioner Pilgrim said the numbers of PAW Partners [dead link: http://www.privacyawarenessweek.org/oaic/2012_partners.html] has grown substantially, up from 80 in 2011 and more than three times that of the year before.

“It was great to see all our partners putting their commitment to privacy into practice. We saw many businesses and government agencies hold privacy training for staff to ensure that they value and respect the personal information held by the organisation,” Commissioner Pilgrim said.

As part of the week, the OAIC held a business event to address the issue of what to do when faced with a data breach. The 2012 edition of Data breach notification: A guide to handling personal information security breaches was also launched at this event.

“Retaining consumer trust was identified as a key issue for business during the discussion and the importance of leadership in promoting a strong privacy culture was also a recurring theme.”

As part of the awareness campaign, the OAIC developed messages [dead link: http://www.privacyawarenessweek.org/oaic/do.html] for older Australians, young people, the not-for-profit sector and advice for individuals they can protect their privacy. In addition, the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities released a list of resources from across the Asia Pacific region for young people, parents and teachers.

Background Information

The OAIC released the following advice during Privacy Awareness Week:

Media contact:     Ms Leila Daniels     0407 663 968     media@oaic.gov.au