Privacy determination –Sensitive Information held in garden shed

The Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has found that a Melbourne medical centre has breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) in failing to provide adequate security to protect Sensitive Information contained in medical information. The breach occurred before the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) took effect and therefore the medical centre was found to have breached the National Privacy Principles (NPPs).

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Are your privacy practices compliant with the amended Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)?

Business and government organisations need to prepare for changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) that will take effect on 12 March 2014.

The reforms introduce thirteen (13) new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) that replace the previous National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles.  Most importantly, Schedule 4 of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012[1] establishes a civil penalty regime that allows the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court to order significant penalties for non-compliance.

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