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28 January 2021
Data breaches attributed to human error continue to increase according to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) latest Notifiable Data Breaches Report.The OAIC received 539 data breach notifications from July to December 2020, an increase of 5% on the previous six months (512).Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner ...
27 January 2021
The Department of Home Affairs (formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) has been found to have interfered with the privacy of 9,251 detainees in immigration detention by mistakenly releasing their personal information.Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk has determined a representative complaint from the asylum seekers ...
24 December 2020
Open letterOn 21 July 2020 the OAIC and five other data protection and privacy regulators from around the world jointly signed an open letter to companies providing video teleconferencing services.The letter recognised the value of video teleconferencing in keeping people connected, but set out concerns about whether privacy safeguards are ...
15 December 2020
Download our 2020 highlights infographicLong text descriptionIn 2020 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.Assisted the pandemic response by overseeing privacy protections and access to government information, and advising on personal information ...
14 December 2020
Australia needs a strong, fair and flexible privacy framework that prevents harm, protects fundamental human rights and builds public trust to support a successful economy, the national privacy regulator said today.In a submission to the Australian Government’s review of the Privacy Act 1988, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner ...
7 December 2020
Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk has determined that Flight Centre interfered with the privacy of almost 7,000 customers by disclosing their personal information to third parties without consent.The information, including individuals’ credit card and passport details, was released by Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd during a ‘design ...
27 November 2020
As we head into the holiday shopping season, consumers are being reminded to safeguard personal information when making purchases online.Australians are forecast to spend a record $4 billion online in the lead up to Christmas, sharing personal data including address and credit card details. Breaches of this personal data can ...
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 ...
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.