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Australia Issues Privacy Guidelines For Public and Private Sectors
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/feb/21/australia-issues-privacy-guidelines-public-and-pri/
Source Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Australia
Created: Feb 21, 2014

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) today released theAustralian Privacy Principles (APP) guidelines, an important step toward preparing public and private sectors for major changes in privacy law to be implemented in March this year.

“March 12 will see the biggest change in privacy law in 25 years, and the APP guidelines are an essential tool for the implementation of this change,” shared Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan.

The introduction of the APPs is one of the significant changes under the new laws. The APPs are a single set of principles that will cover both public and private sectors when the amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 come into place. Currently, Australian Government agencies are covered by the Information Privacy Principles, while the private sector is covered by the National Privacy Principles.

The APP guidelines will be a key resource for entities covered by the Privacy Act in assessing their compliance with the new laws. “We have put a lot of work into producing the APP guidelines, including extensive public consultation, so that we can maximise their usefulness to business and government,” said Professor McMillan.

“The APP guidelines not only outline minimum compliance requirements, they also provide practical examples of best practice.”

The new privacy laws from 12 March will mean that Australians can more easily ask an organisation where they collected their personal information from and find out if it will be sent overseas. They will also be able to request access to their personal information held by an organisation or government agency or request a correction to their information held.

In addition to the APP guidelines, the OAIC will also be producing a practical tool for organisations to review their privacy policy, that will be ready in March.

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