With a 20% increase in privacy complaints to the Office of Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC/Privacy Commissioner) over the past year, it’s clear that protection of personal information matters to all Australians.
Since 2001, the OAIC has been conducting the Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey, will provide a snapshot of Australia’s attitudes towards privacy issues, such as data breaches, use of social media and ID theft. The official results will be released on May 16th, during Privacy Awareness Week.
Raising privacy awareness in the workplace
Privacy Awareness Week is an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum, and the Office of Australian Information Commissioner to promote and raise awareness of privacy issues. This year, the theme is ‘trust and transparency’ which highlights the importance of organisations protecting the personal information they collect on behalf of clients and customers, and that on their own employees.
Learning Seat is an official Privacy Awareness Week Partner because we understand the importance of ensuring personal information is collected, stored, transmitted, disclosed and disposed of appropriately. We take the protection of our clients’ data very seriously and we can help you to do the same with your customers.
Data protection is not just a buzz phrase. When we read about major data breaches in the media, it makes us question the trust we place in organisations with our own personal information. Rightly, people expect organisations to protect the personal data they are entrusted with, whether it’s credit card details when they’re doing online shopping, or their medical history when they go to donate blood. And they also expect organisations to be transparent when it comes to how their personal data is handled.
Dealing with privacy and personal information in the workplace
A challenge many organisations face is that more of their workers feel that IT security is only the responsibility of a Chief Information Officer or IT department. However, we know that through education (e.g. on how to identify phishing emails) and organisations implementing security processes (e.g. robust password policies) that employees can protect their organisations from hackers.
That’s why our Cybersecurity course not only covers the protection of data from cyber-attacks but it also empowers workers to understand their own role in protecting data.
In addition to our Cybersecurity course, Learning Seat offers several Privacy training courses. If you’re interested in rolling out training in cyber security or privacy management, please contact us to find out how we can help you raise privacy awareness in the workplace. Alternatively, download our free Employee Awareness Toolkit to start raising awareness of your internal programs around privacy and cybersecurity.