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3 September 2020
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is making inquiries with relevant parties into reports of a data breach involving scanned NSW driver licences.The OAIC expects organisations to act quickly to contain data breaches involving personal information and assess the potential impact on those affected.If the breach is likely ...
31 August 2020
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published its Corporate Plan for 2020-21, which sets out its strategic priorities and key activities for the next four years. Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said the COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the right to privacy and ...
This year’s Scams Awareness Week (17-21 August) aims to highlight the dangers of identity theft and the importance of protecting your personal information.As part of our support for the event, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is sharing tips to avoid phishing scams and protect your privacy online.In ...
An increase in data breaches caused by ransomware attacks and impersonation is among the key findings in the latest statistics report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).The OAIC’s Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) Report for January to June 2020 shows a slight fall in the number of eligible ...
Data protection and privacy authorities from around the world have today published an open letter to video teleconferencing companies, reminding them of their obligations to comply with the law and handle people’s information responsibly.The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a sharp uptake in the use of video teleconferencing software, increasing ...
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is making urgent preliminary inquiries about the facts and circumstances of the reported data breach of patient information in Western Australia.The Federal Privacy Act covers private health providers, organisations with an annual turnover of more than $3 million and most Australian Government ...
“The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have opened a joint investigation into the personal information handling practices of Clearview AI Inc., focusing on the company’s use of ‘scraped’ data and biometrics of individuals.“The investigation highlights the importance of enforcement cooperation in ...
Businesses offering services under the Consumer Data Right (CDR) which starts today are required to meet strict privacy and security obligations so consumers can share their data with confidence.The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is responsible for regulating privacy under the CDR system, which begins in the banking ...
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.
Tags: media releaseNotifiable Data Breaches scheme
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.
Tags: FOIaccess to information
17 June 2021
The OAIC has released its second six-month report on the privacy protections that apply to the COVIDSafe system.
Tags: media releaseCOVIDSafe
The OAIC welcomes additional funding for privacy and access to information functions announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget.