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OAIC welcomes preliminary report from Digital Platforms Inquiry

10 December 2018

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) welcomes the focus on proposed measures to strengthen privacy protections for individuals in the preliminary Digital Platforms Inquiry report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The report provides insights into the collection and use of personal data by digital platforms and Australians’ concerns about these practices.

A number of the ACCC’s preliminary recommendations build on the foundations of the Privacy Act, which requires transparency and accountability in data handling.

Consent, codes and certifications can work together to support individuals to exercise greater choice and control over their data and provide greater accountability for how personal information is used.

The introduction of erasure requirements and increased penalties would also help ensure Australia’s data protection framework adapts to meet the regulatory challenges emerging in the digital economy.

The OAIC will examine the proposals in detail and provide a response in February.