Most Read Contributor in Australia, September 2016
2014 was a big year for privacy. Following the introduction of
new privacy laws for the private sector and Commonwealth
agencies early in the year, the Privacy Commissioner was given
additional powers to impose fines of up to $1.7 million for serious
breaches of privacy.
So far the new laws have been running smoothly with the
Commissioner publishing a raft of guidelines to assist the private
sector in adopting the new laws. The public sector has lagged
behind with a
checklist for identifying privacy issues being released in June
In a year that saw privacy become a significant topic of
discussion, the key (and persistent) issues to emerge were:
Surveillance and privacy:
The use of drone (remotely piloted) aircraft is set to be the
next big issue in privacy and is guaranteed to create significant
debate. It has been
reported that NSW police are trialling the use of unmanned
drones with the aim of using them in emergencies. However, this has
already sparked a backlash from those who fear privacy is at
Another issue that emerged last year was the use of drones by
real estate agents and strata corporations. Read more about this
While 2013 saw the Shoalhaven City Council case result in a
change to legislation regarding surveillance, there is no doubt
more to come.
In the UK, the long-standing CCTV Code of Practice has this
month been updated to deal with emerging surveillance issues.
A new NSW Privacy Governance Framework:
The recent release of a Privacy
Governance Framework by the Privacy Commissioner is great news
and all agencies will be able to use this resource to assist in
establishing a robust privacy governance framework. The framework
will assist agencies to develop and refine their Privacy Management
This will be the topic of Holding Redlich's next Government
Lawyer's Day which will be held in February. Stay tuned for
more information on this.
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