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

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Google glass

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim and privacy and data protection commissioners from around the world have issued a joint letter urging Google Inc to respond to questions and concerns relating to Google Glass.

Statement on US surveillance program

Reports on the surveillance of the communications and online activity of citizens by US intelligence agencies have raised a number of questions, including what this means for the privacy of individuals.

Privacy is a fundamental human right, recognised in international law and protected under Australian laws such as the federal Privacy Act and telecommunications laws. However, the right to privacy is not absolute – it must be balanced against other important rights and ideals, such as freedom of expression and national security.

Privacy Commissioner's Statement on US surveillance program

Community Attitudes to Privacy survey

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is conducting a community attitudes to privacy survey. The OAIC appreciates the support of our sponsors for this research — Commonwealth Bank (Primary Sponsor), Henry Davis York (Key Sponsor) and McAfee (Sponsor). The research will be conducted by Wallis Consulting Group over the next few weeks and will be run as a telephone survey of 1000 interviews using a combination of fixed line and mobile numbers.

Privacy law reform

Privacy laws will change on 12 March 2014. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released a number of resources to assist private sector organisations and government agencies prepare for the reforms, including compliance checklists, training slides, summaries of the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and two guides comparing the APPs and the National Privacy Principles and the Information Privacy Principles.

Privacy fact sheet 20: Consent and the handling of personal information in your eHealth record

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One of the defining features of Australia’s personally controlled electronic health record (eHealth record) system is that it is an opt-in system. That means that you must consent to having an eHealth record before one can be established.

As part of registering for an eHealth record you are asked to consent to having your health information uploaded to your eHealth record. However, further consent may need to be sought in some circumstances before specific information can be uploaded.

This fact sheet sets out what you are consenting to when you register for an eHealth record, and in what situations further consent may need to be sought. It also discusses the meaning of consent.