Breach notifications, interjurisdictional cooperation and artificial intelligence were high on the agenda at the 50th Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum in New Zealand last week. Members from across the region met in Wellington to discuss global privacy trends and domestic experiences.
The meeting was followed by an International Privacy Forum where Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk shared insights on the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, and UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham gave the keynote address.
Australia signs up to APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules System
Australia will participate in the Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System following APEC endorsement of its application on 23 November 2018. The CBPR system was developed by participating APEC economies to build consumer, business and regulator trust in cross-border flows of personal information.
The OAIC will be working with the Attorney-General's Department and other stakeholders in 2019 to implement CBPR system requirements in Australia.
A draft report on the implementation of Australia's first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 is now open for public comment.
The annual self-assessment report is a requirement of all Open Government Partnership (OGP) members to ensure accountability and track the progress of their commitments.
You can provide feedback on the draft End of Term Self-Assessment Report through the OGP website until Monday 17 December 2018.
Consultation opens on Public Interest Determination
An application from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for a Public Interest Determination is now open for public comment.
The application to the OAIC under s 72 of the Privacy Actwould allow the AFP to disclose limited personal information about homicide offenders and suspects to the Australian Institute of Criminology without breaching Australian Privacy Principle 6. It is intended to replace a previous determination which expired on 1 October 2018.
More information is available on our website, with submissions due by 1 February 2019.
Commissioner Angelene Falk opened the iappANZ Summit in Melbourne last month, reflecting on the “seismic” shift in the privacy landscape this year.
The Commissioner discussed major developments such as the introduction of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, the Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code and the proposed Consumer Data Right. She also covered the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe, privacy developments in the US and highlighted our key priorities moving forward.
Commissioner Falk addressed the annual summit of the Medical Software Industry Association’s last week, alongside Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey and former High Court Justice, the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG.
In her speech, the Commissioner urged the industry to go beyond mere legal compliance to consider ethics and fairness, and embrace its unique position to build innovative and privacy-enhancing health software.
Open Banking Briefing
Acting Assistant Commissioner Sarah Ghali joined an Open Banking panel discussion in Sydney last week with representatives of the ACCC, ASIC and Data61. Her remarks emphasised the importance of a strong privacy framework for the Consumer Data Right and our collaborative approach to joint regulation from the OAIC and ACCC.
Latest Information Commissioner review decisions
The Information Commissioner issued four IC review decisions in November 2018. A list of all IC review decisions is available through our website. Full decisions are available on AustLII.
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