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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 ...
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 ...
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.