New changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) commenced on 12 March 2014. The changes include a new set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) that will regulate the handling of personal information by Australian Government agencies, businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million or those trading in personal information and all private health service providers.
According to the Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim
'these are the most significant changes to privacy laws in over 25 years and affect a large section of the community. The world has changed remarkably since the late 1980s when the Privacy Act was first introduced, and so the changes were required to bring our laws up to date with contemporary information handling practices, including global data flows.'
Source: media release of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, 11 March 2014.
Find out more
- Privacy law reform – Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
- OAIC community attitudes to privacy survey research report 2013
- Privacy awareness week 2014
- Privacy Act changes now in effect – business.gov.au
Privacy is a topic you can explore in depth in these parts of the Legal Studies syllabus:
- Law Reform in Action – HSC Legal Studies: Preliminary Part I
- Your rights and responsibilities – HSC Legal Studies: Preliminary Part II
- Individual and technology – HSC Legal Studies: Preliminary Part II
- Privacy and cyberspace – HSC Legal Studies: Preliminary Part II
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