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11 November 2019
The national privacy regulator has released a snapshot of its activity across the digital health sector in 2018–19, including the My Health Record system.The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is the independent regulator of the privacy provisions under the My Health Records Act 2012 and the Healthcare Identifiers ...
31 October 2019
As part of the OAIC’s active engagement on global privacy issues we presented two resolutions at the recent International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Albania. Both resolutions were adopted by consensus.More than 120 privacy and data protection authorities from around the world gathered in the Albanian ...
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has opened an investigation into the Department of Home Affairs’ compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 in processing requests for non-personal information.Australian Government agencies and ministers have a statutory obligation to process FOI requests within 30 days. There are provisions ...
Thank you for the opportunity to make some opening remarks. The Committee would be aware that the purpose of my office is to promote and uphold privacy and information access rights, and of course I’m appearing here today at a time when there is a great focus on the community’s ...
21 October 2019
Increases in privacy complaints and freedom of information requests and reviews last year demonstrate the increasing value the community places on information, according to Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk.“The trends we are seeing reinforce the importance of our mission: to increase public trust and confidence in the ...
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has commenced a consultation process with industry and the public on draft Privacy Safeguard Guidelines for the coming Consumer Data Right (CDR).The Privacy Safeguard Guidelines aim to assist industry in understanding their obligations under the CDR framework, to ensure that consumers can ...
A comprehensive Guide to health privacy has been released by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to help keep patients’ personal information safe.Over the past three years, health service providers have consistently been one of the top three sources of privacy complaints to the OAIC. They have also ...
30 September 2019
Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsman today released the findings of their first cross jurisdictional study of community attitudes to access to government information. Commissioners from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, the Commonwealth of Australia and the Ombudsman from the ACT sponsored the research as part of Australia’s Open Government 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.
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.
Tags: media release
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.