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23 November 2020
Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk today released the first six-month report on the privacy protections in the COVIDSafe app.Commissioner Falk said the report highlights the proactive work by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to ensure the system’s strict privacy measures are upheld.“My office has ...
18 November 2020
The handling of personal information by COVIDSafe is being audited by the national privacy regulator for compliance with strict protections put in place by the Australian Government, with the first report due by the end of the year.COVIDSafe is the app that has been made available by the Australian Government ...
30 October 2020
The Australian Government’s review of the Privacy Act is a landmark opportunity to ensure our privacy framework can respond to new challenges in the digital environment, Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said today.The review is being led by the Attorney-General’s Department which today released its terms of ...
27 October 2020
This Children’s Week, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is reminding Australians of children’s right to privacy, enshrined in Article 16 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said children’s right to privacy and the protection of ...
15 October 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on privacy and created opportunities for greater transparency through the proactive release of government information, according to the 2019–20 annual report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said the OAIC’s work in relation to ...
28 September 2020
Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen from across Australia and New Zealand have released a joint statement to mark International Access to Information Day on 28 September: International Access to Information Day on 28 September is an opportunity to recognise the vital role that access to information plays in building community ...
24 September 2020
Privacy is a major concern for 70% of Australians while 87% want more control and choice over the collection and use of their personal information, a new study shows.The Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey (ACAPS) 2020 released today provides a comprehensive view of beliefs and concerns about the protection ...
14 September 2020
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released a privacy resource to assist Australian Government agencies to determine when they need to conduct a privacy impact assessment.The Privacy (Australian Government Agencies – Governance) APP Code 2017 requires Australian Government agencies to conduct a privacy impact assessment for all ...
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.