The Federal Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) was updated
effective as of 12 March 2013, pursuant to the Privacy
Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth). These
changes are important and require careful review and amendment to
your organisation's privacy protocols, in order to comply with
The Statutory changes will impact the way in which your
organisation deals with personal information.
Vatandoust is able to review your organisation's internal
ensure that your business is able to meet the Privacy
Commissioner's deadline of 12 March 2014 for
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Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)
The Privacy Amendment Act includes a set of new, harmonised,
privacy principles that will regulate the handling of personal
information by both Australian government agencies and businesses.
These new principles are called the Australian Privacy Principles
(APPs). They will replace the existing Information Privacy
Principles (IPPs) that currently apply to Australian government
agencies and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that currently
apply to businesses.
Under the changes, there will be 13 new APPs. A number of the
APPs are significantly different from the existing principles,
including APP 7 on the use and disclosure of personal information
for direct marketing, and APP 8 on cross-border disclosure of
Enhanced powers for the Australian Information
The Australian Information Commissioner (the Information
Commissioner) will also have enhanced powers, which will generally
be exercised by the Privacy Commissioner, including the ability
accept enforceable undertakings
seek civil penalties in the case of serious or repeated
breaches of privacy
conduct assessments of privacy performance for both Australian
government agencies and businesses.
Changes to credit reporting laws
Changes to credit reporting laws include:
the introduction of more comprehensive credit reporting, which
will allow the reporting of information about an individual's
current credit commitments and their repayment history information
over the previous two years
a simplified and enhanced correction and complaints
a prohibition on the reporting of credit related information
a prohibition on the reporting of defaults of less than
the introduction of specific rules to deal with pre-screening
of credit offers
the introduction of specific provisions that allow an
individual to freeze access to their credit related personal
information in cases of suspected identity theft or fraud
the introduction of civil penalties for breaches of certain
credit reporting provisions.
The Privacy Amendment Act introduces new laws on information
privacy codes (APP codes) and the credit reporting code (the CR
code), including powers for the Information Commissioner or the
Privacy Commissioner to develop and register binding codes that are
in the public interest.
Those types of personal disclosure may still be permitted under the Privacy Act as long as your house is in order.
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