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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.

Think about it: communicating with friends, taking a photo, paying a bill, getting directions, shopping, renewing our car registration… the list is endless. And through many of these developments, the result has been an exponential increase in the amount of data and personal information collected, used, and shared – and the massive transferral of data on a global scale.

Along with technology, people’s privacy expectations have evolved — and over time we’ve seen how the Privacy Act 1988 has also changed to reflect these expectations, while still supporting data sharing and innovation to help us go about our daily lives.

Can you imagine how different our world might be without having a set of rules to regulate how our data is used and how it can be shared? The protection of personal information has never been more relevant. Since its conception, the Privacy Act 1988 has continued to evolve and has seen such initiatives as the introduction of the Australian Privacy Principles, the registration of the Credit Reporting Code and the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme – to name just a few.

We think protecting your consumer rights is definitely worth celebrating. Check out our #2018PAW website to view our 30 years of the Privacy Act 1988 timeline. Happy Birthday and here’s to the next 30 years of privacy!