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A new version of the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 (CR Code) came into effect today that reflects amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 relating to financial hardship reporting by credit providers and credit reporting bodies in Australia.The ability to report financial hardship information is a significant reform to the ...
29 June 2022
Digital Platform Regulators Forum names algorithms, digital transparency and increased collaboration as priorities for 2022/23The heads of the four members of the Digital Platform Regulators Forum (the forum) met yesterday and have agreed on a collective set of priorities for 2022/23.Members of the forum are: The Australian Competition and Consumer ...
16 June 2022
The OAIC will consider information from consumer advocacy group CHOICE about retailers’ use of facial recognition technology in line with its regulatory action policy.“It is important that all retail stores, when they are deciding whether to use technology to collect personal information, consider the impact on privacy, the community’s expectations ...
26 May 2022
Information Access and Privacy regulators from across Australia have issued a joint statement to mark National Sorry Day (26 May).Australian Information Access Commissioners and Privacy Authorities recognise the important role of historical records in truth telling and sharing history, intergenerational healing, redress and reparations for Stolen Generation survivors and their ...
Privacy Awareness Week, held around Australia from 2 to 8 May 2022, will shine a spotlight on the importance of protecting personal information.This year, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and state and territory privacy regulators are highlighting privacy as the foundation of trust.“As the digital economy continues ...
Privacy regulators from across Australia have issued a joint statement to mark the start of Privacy Awareness Week 2022 (2 to 8 May).For Privacy Awareness Week, privacy authorities from around Australia are joining together to highlight privacy as the foundation of trust between the community, business and government agencies.As the ...
30 March 2022
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) welcomes funding announced in the 2022-23 Federal Budget to continue its important work for the Australian community.The OAIC has been allocated $8.71 million in 2022-23 and $8.24 million in 2023-24 to process privacy complaints and enhance its capacity to take regulatory action ...
22 March 2022
The OAIC today welcomed the Attorney-General’s announcement that Leo Hardiman PSM QC has been appointed Freedom of Information Commissioner, commencing 19 April 2022.Mr Hardiman comes to the office with extensive legal and public sector experience from the Australian Government Solicitor, where he was formerly Deputy Chief General Counsel and National ...
News and media
14 October 2021
The OAIC has found that 7-Eleven interfered with customers’ privacy by collecting sensitive biometric information that was not reasonably necessary for its functions and without adequate notice or consent.
7 September 2021
An article by Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk, published by The Australian on 15 August 2021.
The latest Notifiable Data Breaches Report highlights how the OAIC expects entities to prevent and respond to data breaches caused by ransomware and impersonation fraud.
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6 August 2021
The OAIC is investigating Singtel Optus Pty Ltd (Optus) over data breaches involving publication of Optus customer details in the White Pages.
6 August 2021
Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk has been reappointed for another 3-year term, to August 2024.
23 July 2021
The OAIC has determined that Uber Technologies, Inc. and Uber B.V. interfered with the privacy of an estimated 1.2 million Australians.
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The International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) has endorsed an OAIC resolution to support the proactive publication of information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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17 June 2021
The OAIC has released its second six-month report on the privacy protections that apply to the COVIDSafe system.
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The OAIC welcomes additional funding for privacy and access to information functions announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget.