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The amendments include the introduction of a single set of Australian Privacy Principles (‘APPs’) applying to both Australian Government agencies and the private sector. The APPs will replace the existing Information Privacy Principles that apply to Government agencies and National Privacy Principles that apply to business.
The Office of the Australian information commission (‘OAIC’) has released a draft APP Guidelines for consultation on the 23rd of August 2013. This draft is open for comments until 20 September 2013.
What are the key changes to the Privacy Act?
Introduction of the APPs
As a whole, the APPs require a higher degree of openness and transparency about how entities manage personal information.
For a full list of the APP guidelines, visit OAIC webpage: http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-engaging-with-you/current-privacy-consultations/draft-australian-privacy-principles-guidelines/draft-app-guidelines
Increased Powers to the Commissioner
The Amendment Act increases the functions and powers of the Privacy Commissioner to, among other things:
What does this mean for entities?
In preparation for the commencement of the amendments, entities should consider;
Finalised guidelines will be published at the end of the year.