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1 December 2022
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) today commenced an investigation into the personal information handling practices of Medibank in relation to its notifiable data breach.This decision follows the OAIC’s preliminary inquiries commenced into the matter in October.The OAIC’s investigation will focus on whether Medibank took reasonable steps to ...
30 November 2022
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published its final six‑monthly COVIDSafe privacy report and completed its COVIDSafe assessment program, which examined compliance and risk throughout the ‘information lifecycle’ of COVID app data.The regular reports showed the OAIC did not receive any complaints or data breach notifications with ...
29 November 2022
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) welcomes the passing of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022, which enhances the OAIC’s ability to regulate in line with community expectations and protect Australians’ privacy in the digital environment.The Bill introduces significantly increased penalties for serious and ...
10 November 2022
The significant impact of recent data breaches on millions of Australians and the findings of the latest Notifiable data breaches report released today stress the need for organisations to have robust information handling practices and an up-to-date data breach response plan.Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said the ...
26 October 2022
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) welcomes funding announced in the October 2022-23 Federal Budget to assist its privacy investigations.The OAIC has been allocated $5.5 million over two years from 2022-23 to support its response to the Optus incident. The OAIC recently commenced an investigation into the personal ...
25 October 2022
The Australian Government has released a factsheet to provide information on what to do if your data has been compromised in the recent Medibank and AHM cyber incident.If you think you may be affected by the breach, contact Medibank Private on 13 23 31 or AHM on 13 42 46.Medibank ...
20 October 2022
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is making preliminary inquiries with Medibank following its cyber incident, to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme.As information is gathered and assessed, the number one priority is ensuring that Medibank customers have information and resources available ...
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) navigated work of increasing volume and complexity in 2021-22 as it continued to promote and uphold privacy and information access rights.Releasing the OAIC’s annual report for 2021-22 today, Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said regulatory collaboration and the appointment ...
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.
Tags: media releaseNotifiable Data Breaches scheme
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.
Tags: FOIaccess to information
17 June 2021
The OAIC has released its second six-month report on the privacy protections that apply to the COVIDSafe system.
Tags: media releaseCOVIDSafe
The OAIC welcomes additional funding for privacy and access to information functions announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget.