In response to a number of large-scale data breaches in 2022, the Australian government has released a report on its review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The report, containing 116 proposals, aims to enhance the protection of personal information and the fairness of its handling by organisations. As these proposals move through a feedback process, it is essential for organisations to understand the potential changes and impact.
The report contains 116 proposals to improve the protection, transparency, and control of personal information, including the introduction of a positive obligation that personal information handling is fair and reasonable.
The report reflects the baseline privacy rights expected by the community and proposes the removal of some exemptions from the Privacy Act.
The proposals are expected to enhance the powers of the Australian Information Commissioner to enforce privacy obligations, address privacy breaches, and identify systemic privacy issues.
Senior management and compliance teams should be aware of the potential changes to privacy regulations and the need to review and update their policies and procedures.
The report proposes several significant changes to the Privacy Act, including:
The proposed changes to the Privacy Act aim to enhance the protection, transparency, and control of personal information in Australia. It is essential for organisations to understand the potential impact of these changes and to take steps to ensure compliance with the proposed regulations.
By reviewing and updating policies and procedures, addressing systemic privacy issues, and providing training to employees, organisations can maintain the trust and confidence of their customers and protect personal information from the risk of identity fraud and scams.
If you have any questions about how you can prepare your business for the proposed changes, please get in touch with one of our team members below.
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