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A collaborative regulator network is essential to addressing the risks and harms faced by Australians in the online environment, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) said today.Commenting on the formation of the Digital Platform Regulators Forum (DP-REG), Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said the initiative ...
10 March 2022
On 10 March 2022 The Australian Information Commissioner approved an application to vary the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 (CR Code).The variation to the CR Code submitted by the Code developer, the Australian Retail Credit Association (ARCA), addresses amendments made to the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) relating to financial ...
Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk was interviewed for the International Women's Day edition of the Communications Law Bulletin. The Communications Law Bulletin is the publication of the Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA) and is available to CAMLA members.Katherine Sessions, Assistant Manager – International Strategy and Futures ...
22 February 2022
As Australia’s Notifiable Data Breaches scheme marks its fourth year of operation, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is urging organisations to put accountability at the centre of their information handling practices.Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said doing so would give individuals greater confidence that ...
22 February 2022
On 18 February 2022, the Australian Information Commissioner received an amended application from the CR Code developer, the Australian Retail Credit Association (ARCA), to vary the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 (the CR Code). This is further to ARCA’s original application made on 6 September 2021 to vary the registered ...
The full bench of the Federal Court today rejected Facebook Inc’s appeal to set aside an earlier ruling by Justice Thawley of the Federal Court granting the Australian Information Commissioner leave to serve legal documents on the US-based entity.Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk welcomed today’s decision and ...
The well-considered proposals put forward in the Attorney General’s Department’s Privacy Act Review Discussion Paper present a sound basis for advancing the case of privacy reform in Australia, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) said.In its response to the Discussion Paper, the OAIC has made detailed recommendations which ...
17 December 2021
Download our 2021 highlights infographicLong text descriptionIn 2021 the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner worked to increase public trust and confidence in the protection of personal information and access to government-held information.Encourage and support proactive release of government information:Developed FOI capabilities through new resources, guidelines, reports and information sessionsReleased ...
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.