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Celebrating 30 years of The Privacy Act

As part of our lead up to Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2018 we are taking the opportunity to celebrate thirty years since the introduction of the Australian Privacy Act 1988. For those of us who are old enough to cast our minds back to daily life thirty years ago, it really is remarkable to consider how differently we do things today, compared to 1988 — and how technology now shapes our everyday lives.

Privacy Awareness Week 2018 website launched

This year’s Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) is all about promoting privacy as part of your everyday business. Running from 13 to 19 May, this year’s theme, ‘Privacy: from principles to practice’, will focus on the need for organisations to develop and reassess systems, processes, culture and practice to make sure they put their customers’ personal information first.

Notifiable Data Breaches first Quarterly report released

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published the first quarterly report on data breach notifications received under the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme, which came into force on 22 February 2018.  

Farewell to Timothy Pilgrim PSM — Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner

The staff of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) wish Timothy Pilgrim PSM, the Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner, all the best for the future as he retires after 34 years in the Australian Public Service.

The Notifiable Data Breaches scheme commences today

Australian Government agencies and the various organisations required to secure personal information under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) now have data breach notification and assessment obligations under the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme.