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26 April 2020
The Australian Government today released the COVIDSafe contact tracing app, a public health initiative to help combat the spread of COVID-19.Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said that important safeguards have been put in place to protect personal information collected through the app so it can be used ...
22 April 2020
The Federal Court of Australia today granted leave to the Australian Information Commissioner to serve legal documents on US-based Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland.The Commissioner lodged proceedings against those Facebook entities in the Federal Court last month, alleging the social media platform has committed serious and/or repeated interferences with privacy ...
17 April 2020
The OAIC recognises the severe impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak on our community and around the world. The work of government is essential to ensuring public health and safety during this crisis.We acknowledge that delivering government services in the current environment poses many difficulties. It is also critical that ...
27 March 2020
Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsmen around the country appreciate that individuals, organisations and government are facing significant challenges to stop the spread of COVID-19. The use of personal information is part of addressing this public health crisis.Privacy laws at the State, Territory and Federal level contain mechanisms to permit the exchange ...
25 March 2020
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) continues to strengthen its partnerships with international regulators, this week announcing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of the Republic of Singapore.The MoU recognises the need to foster closer collaboration and cooperation in safeguarding data protection ...
20 March 2020
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and its counterpart in the United Kingdom, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to assist each other in policy development and the enforcement of laws protecting personal information.The MoU recognises the convergence of forces in the privacy ...
18 March 2020
Organisations responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have been issued new advice from the privacy regulator to help keep workplaces safe while respecting privacy.The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published COVID-19 privacy guidance for organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988, including Australian Government agencies and private ...
The Executive Committee of the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) recognises the unprecedented challenges being faced to address the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).Addressing these challenges requires coordinated responses at national and global levels, including the sharing of personal information as necessary by organisations and governments, as well as across borders.We are ...
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.
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The OAIC welcomes additional funding for privacy and access to information functions announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget.