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Significant reforms to Australia’s privacy laws commenced on 12 March 2014. Following Australia’s largest ever Australian Law Reform Commission Report released in 2008 the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 has been passed.

The new Act introduces an overhaul to the credit reporting regime, including the introduction of positive reporting, and a single set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) to govern both private sector organisations and commonwealth government entities, harmonising the existing regime.

The APPs introduce new rules particularly about direct marketing, unsolicited personal information and disclosure to offshore entities.

The Privacy Commission now has additional powers to impose fines of up to $1.7 million for serious breaches of privacy and to obtain enforceable undertakings from businesses.

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We can assist with your privacy and data protection concerns as follows:

  • review current policies and underlying practices
  • training for management and frontline staff
  • preparation and implementation of policies, codes of conduct, internal procedures
  • advice in crisis situations – such as breaches
  • compliance plans and privacy impact assessment.

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