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Plain English summary of law reform changes

Changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) that commenced on 12 March this year are the biggest we’ve seen in 25 years, covering a range of topics and having an impact on business, government, not-for-profits and individuals.

The truth about your credit report

The 12 March 2014 changes to the Privacy Act 1988 included some big changes to the way that the credit reporting system works in Australia.

This Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is focussed on ensuring that individuals know their rights in regards to credit reporting.

Credit reporting privacy code varied

The registered credit reporting privacy code (CR code) has now been varied. Following an application by the Australian Retail Credit Association the Information Commissioner today approved a variation to extend the 5 day 'grace period' to 14 days, for repayment history information to be classified as a missed payment. The varied CR code has been registered on the OAIC's Codes register.  

Application to vary credit reporting code

The Australian Retail Credit Association has applied to vary the Credit Reporting Privacy Code — to extend the 5 day 'grace period' to 14 days for repayment history information to be classified as a missed payment. The OAIC is currently considering the application.

AMSRO consultation on the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014

The Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO) has today released for public consultation the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014, the first voluntary Australian Privacy Principles (APP) code developed for the privacy reforms that commenced on 12 March 2014.

AMSRO has requested comments on the code be forwarded to them by 30 April 2014.

Following the consultation AMSRO will submit an application for registration of the code to the OAIC.

More information on AMSRO's consultation: Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014 - public consultation information (external website)