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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 ...
26 September 2019
Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen from across Australia and New Zealand are urging government agencies to do more to make information available for the benefit of citizens.They’re making the call in the build up to International Right to Know Day on 28 September 2019.International Right to Know Day recognises citizens’ ...
27 August 2019
National figures on data breaches show about one in three data breaches last quarter were caused by compromised credentials, with log in and password information used to gain unauthorised access to personal information.The human element continues to be a key factor in breaches, according to the latest Notifiable Data Breaches ...
We‘ve released the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner Corporate Plan for 2019–20, setting out our vision for increasing public trust and confidence in the protection of personal information and access to government-held information. Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said the Corporate Plan signals a shift in ...
6 August 2019
International data protection and privacy regulators are calling on Facebook and the Libra Network to explain how they will secure and protect personal information as part of their global cryptocurrency project.The joint action has been driven by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office ...
The national privacy regulator today welcomed the Australian Government’s recognition that privacy laws must be strengthened to ensure they are fit for purpose in the digital age.The Government has released a report from the Digital Platforms Inquiry led by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which includes a number of ...
25 July 2019
The $US5 billion penalty against Facebook announced by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a globally significant order that demonstrates the concerns of privacy regulators around the world.The fine is supported by requirements for Facebook to embed privacy protections into its business and reflects heightened community expectations about the ...
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.