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29 April 2021
The Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) Executive Committee has published a joint statement on the importance of privacy by design in the sharing of health data for domestic or international travel requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.Background Governments around the world are implementing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 whilst also ...
26 March 2021
In April 2021, the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner will tender for an independent review of the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 (the CR Code). This review is an opportunity to explore how the CR Code is operating in practice.There will be an opportunity for stakeholders interested in the ...
4 March 2021
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has approved amendments to the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014.Initiated and developed by the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO), the code sets out how AMSRO members must comply with the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act ...
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has made recommendations to ensure the Department of Home Affairs is able to meet the statutory processing periods specified under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI) Act.The information considered in a Commissioner-initiated investigation by the OAIC indicates Home Affairs does not ...
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 ...
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.