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The Australian Information Commissioner has lodged proceedings against Facebook in the Federal Court, alleging the social media platform has committed serious and/or repeated interferences with privacy in contravention of Australian privacy law.The Commissioner alleges that the personal information of Australian Facebook users was disclosed to the This is Your Digital ...
3 March 2020
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is making preliminary inquiries into Alinta Energy’s handling of Australians’ personal information. Once those inquiries are completed, the OAIC will determine whether further regulatory action is required.The OAIC regulates the Australian Privacy Act, which applies to most Australian Government agencies and organisations ...
28 February 2020
Malicious or criminal attacks including cyber incidents remain the leading cause of data breaches involving personal information in Australia, with almost one in three breaches linked to compromised login credentials, a new report shows.This includes phishing attacks which caused at least 15 per cent of data breaches notified to the ...
24 February 2020
Guidelines for business on how to safeguard consumers’ privacy under the Consumer Data Right (CDR) have been released by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) today.Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said the guidelines aim to help businesses participating in the CDR system understand their privacy ...
21 January 2020
Australian Government agencies and private sector organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988 who are part of the bushfire disaster response can now operate under emergency privacy provisions to assist people impacted by the bushfires and coordinate and manage the response.The Privacy (Australian Bushfires Disaster) Emergency Declaration made by the ...
13 December 2019
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has approved amendments to the Credit Reporting Code 2014 that will benefit consumers.The changes follow an application by the Australian Retail Credit Association (ARCA) and consultation with consumer groups, industry and regulators.Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said that amendments ...
12 December 2019
The national privacy regulator has welcomed reforms to strengthen the Privacy Act 1988 to ensure Australians’ personal information is protected in the digital age.The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) said the Australian Government’s response to the Digital Platforms Inquiry announced today addresses key measures recommended by the Australian ...
The Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014 sets out how members of the Association of Market & Social Research Organisations (AMSRO) comply with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in the Privacy Act in the conduct of market and social research.The Code is subject to an independent review at least ...
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.