- 65% of people surveyed didn’t know they have a right to access their personal information from a NSW public sector agency
- 53% of NSW citizens are unaware they can access their information from a NSW health service provider
- of the respondents who did know they could access their information, only 44% knew how to do it.
This week (May 4-10) is Privacy Awareness Week 2014 and the theme for this year is 'mobilise your privacy'.
According to Dr Elizabeth Coombs, NSW Privacy Commissioner:
Now, more than ever, it is vital that both organisations and individuals are vigilant when it comes to privacy protection, particularly with the increasing use of the internet and smartphones ... Many people are also using mobile apps to receive and provide information and services, and there can be privacy implications for both the users and the providers.
This theme encourages all of us to consider such questions as:
- What are my responsibilities when using mobile apps?
- Have I checked my privacy settings lately?
- What are my rights under NSW privacy law?
- Who can help me with this process?
You might want to find the answers to these questions this week. You can use the following fact sheets produced by the NSW Information and Privacy Commission to help:
- Mobile Apps the ABC of privacy protection, May 2014
- What do your privacy settings say about you?, May 2014
- A guide to privacy laws in NSW, May 2014
For more information about Privacy Awareness Week 2014 see media release, 24 April 2014. A awareness week such as this is an excellent example of a non-legal mechanism.
Privacy is a topic you can explore in depth in these parts of the Legal Studies syllabus:
- HSC Legal Studies: Preliminary Part II – Your rights and responsibilities
- HSC Legal Studies: Preliminary Part II – Individual and technology
- Privacy and cyberspace
For more information about privacy, browse Find Legal Answers website - privacy