2018 celebrates 30 years of the Australian Privacy Act. In the last 30 years, we’ve all raised our awareness of how we use and exchange personal information – in Australia and across the globe. Privacy is integral to the way that government agencies and businesses handle our personal information. That’s why the benefits of increased data protection, data-mobility and informed policy-making are endless.
So, from May 13 – 19 as we look ahead in Privacy Awareness Week, we’re considering the big questions.
What does privacy mean today?
Well, in 2018 privacy is focusing on the principles of transparency and accountability. When it comes to how our personal and sensitive information is handled, we all have the right to exercise choice and control. But don’t worry! The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is on your side. They’re always looking for ways to reduce potential data breaches and they’re actively encouraging organisations to review and improve how they handle personal information.
Encouraging transparency and accountability builds greater public and consumer trust. It helps all of us safely navigate workplaces that are becoming increasingly data-driven.
What’s the OAIC doing to improve how we handle privacy across the public and private sectors?
In 2018, the OAIC is encouraging organisations and governing bodies to look at how they manage personal information. They want everyone to consider different ways to improve their privacy practices. They introduced the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme in February. The scheme helps assess whether you’ve had a notifiable data breach in your organisation. It also guides you on how to take the relevant action not only with the OAIC, but if necessary, how to proactively notify your customers. Check out this handy diagram!
How can everyone get involved in Privacy Awareness Week?
Privacy Awareness Week is an opportunity for everyone to get on board and discuss what privacy practices they find most helpful. From May 13 – 19 everyone’s encouraged to share ideas and increase their awareness around a topic that raises concerns for every Australian. It’s a great way to make sure you’re handling and managing personal information with the same dignity, respect and trust that we all deserve.
The OAIC is there to help with all your privacy questions, so don’t hesitate to check out their Privacy Awareness Week website. Take stock of how you’re managing your personal information.
This year, make privacy a priority in your organisation. Our Privacy Awareness Toolkit is a great place to start.