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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Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 (Cth)

Proposed changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) have passed the House of Representatives and is now before the Senate for consideration.   The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 (Amendments) amends the Privacy Act by introducing:

  • a new definition of personal information;
  • the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs);
  • a more comprehensive credit reporting system;
  • new provisions on privacy and credit reporting codes; and
  • new powers for the Privacy Commissioner.

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