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In this section you will find current news from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

For media enquiries and interview requests please contact media@oaic.gov.au or call 0407 663 968.

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Ashley Madison findings

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has released the final report on the Ashley Madison data breach which was a joint investigation with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

2016 Census

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has spoken to ABC Radio National about the 2016 Census and the recent privacy concerns. You can listen to the full interview on the ABC website.

Hello… is it me you’re looking for?

Many organisations may ask you to confirm your identity by providing personal information when you answer their call. This is a legitimate precaution by organisations, to make sure they’re not revealing private information to the wrong person.

Retail reward programs: what’s the price of loyalty?

Over 80 percent of us have a loyalty card — but are we aware of how much of our personal information is collected by each card? And do we know how, and where, it is used?

Privacy breaches — simple mistakes can do the most damage

While high-tech privacy breaches like internet hacks attract headlines, it’s important to remember that many privacy breaches are caused by the simplest human errors. A folder gets left on a bus, someone is wrongly copied into an email, or files are dumped that should have been shredded. These simple mistakes can and do happen, and the privacy consequences are just as damaging for individuals and businesses alike.

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