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18 December 2017


In this issue:

Notifiable Data Breaches scheme resources finalised

New Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code resources

Notifiable Date Breaches scheme webinar recording

Review of Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 completed

Australian participates in APEC CBPR System

Processing FOI requests received during December

Recent FOI decisions

OAIC end of year closure

Notifiable Data Breaches scheme resources finalised

1868537.pngFollowing consultation, the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme resources have been finalised. You can view all of the resources on our NDB webpage.

The NDB resources cover:
  • which agencies and organisations have obligations under the scheme
  • how to identify an eligible data breach
  • exceptions to notification obligations
  • how to notify affected individuals and the Commissioner
  • the role of the OAIC in the scheme
Privacy toolkit
New Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code resources

The new Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code comes into force on 1 July 2018. The OAIC has published two new resources to assist agencies to meet the requirements of the Code: a Code Checklist, and a Privacy Officer Toolkit.

Visit the Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code webpage to view these resources, and to stay up-to-date as more resources are published in 2018.

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Notifiable Data Breaches scheme webinar recording now available

The OAIC's Preparing for the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme webinar was held on 21 November 2017. We would like to thank everyone who registered and hope you enjoyed the session.

For those who missed out, the webinar recording is now available online. To view the webinar, please either login or register your details to access the recording.

The webinar focuses on the obligations of the NDB scheme and illustrates how the requirements will work in practice with case study examples.
Review of Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 completed

The independent review of the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 (Version 1.2) (the CR Code) conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been completed. The report can be found on the OAIC website.

The OAIC would like to thank PwC and the stakeholders who contributed time, effort and expertise to the review.

The OAIC will now review the report and consider the recommendations.

For more information, see the OAIC’s consultation information page for the independent review of the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014.
Australia to participate in APEC CBPR System

The OAIC is assisting the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) with the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system requirements.

Earlier this year, the AGD invited businesses and other interested stakeholders to comment on a discussion paper about the implications of Australia’s possible participation in the CBPR system. As a result of this consultation and other advice received, the Government now believes it is the right time for Australia to participate in the system.

To find out further information please go to the CBPR Consultation page on the AGD website.
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Processing FOI requests received during December

For information regarding how public holidays and agency shut down periods affect the Freedom of Information (FOI) processing periods, please see the OAIC’s fact sheet on Public holidays and agency shut-down periods — Calculating timeframes under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

For information regarding extension of time applications to the OAIC, please see FOI agency resource 13: Extension of time for processing requests.
Recent FOI decisions

All Information Commissioner review decisions are available on the OAIC website.
OAIC website

OAIC end of year closure

The OAIC will be closed over the holiday period from 25 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 inclusive.

As the festive season draws near, the OAIC thanks you for your continued support and wishes you all a safe and happy holidays.

During that period, the OAIC's website will still be available for guidance and resources.