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22 July 2019
We’ve launched a new website for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to make it easier for users to find the information they need.The new site features improved search functionality, design and navigation, in response to user feedback.The launch follows a beta trial of the new site, which ...
28 June 2019
Wilson Asset Management (International) Pty Ltd (WAMI) has committed to a court-enforceable undertaking to address its privacy practices following an investigation by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).The OAIC investigated WAMI’s collection of personal information for a petition from the ‘Stop the retirement tax’ website (the website). The ...
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will be required to substantially improve its privacy practices under a court-enforceable undertaking given to the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner.The binding commitment follows inquiries by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) into CBA’s handling of personal information in relation to ...
The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) is an important forum for progressing regional collaboration on matters of direct relevance to the work of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk and Assistant Commissioner Melanie Drayton attended the 51st APPA Forum in Tokyo ...
27 June 2019
A beta version of the website has been released at https://beta.oaic.gov.au and we’re inviting feedback on the changes before we launch the new site in mid-July.The upgrade is aimed at providing better search and a more intuitive information architecture to help users find our guidance and advice, decisions and other ...
21 June 2019
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released the results of a survey of Australian Government agencies related to the Information Publication Scheme (IPS).The 2018 survey was carried out by Orima Research to test compliance with the IPS, following a similar survey in 2012. The survey had a ...
Data breaches involving personal information may be prevented through effective training and enhanced systems, analysis of the first 12 months of mandatory notifications reveals.Releasing the Notifiable Data Breaches 12-month Insights Report at the start of Privacy Awareness Week in Sydney today, Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk called ...
Privacy Awareness Week is being marked around Australia from 12 to 18 May 2019, shining a spotlight on personal information and how to protect it.The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is encouraging consumers, business and government agencies to focus on a series of privacy priorities throughout the week, ...
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.