The new laws will cover most Australian Government agencies and many private sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Information is not necessarily "about an individual" simply because a person's identity can be ascertained from it.
The decision did not break new ground about whether metadata is personal information, but it did provide some guidance.
At the start of a new year, it is timely to consider these 10 key steps, as summarised, to secure personal information.
Although the legislative timetable for its dedicated Personal Data Protection Law remains undecided, China has promulgated several other laws and regulations for protecting personal data.
In recent years, along with continuous vigorous development of the internet, positive impacts produced therefrom have gradually penetrated into various sectors of society and every walk of life.
King & Wood Mallesons
The National Security Law, effective as of July 1, 2015, states that "(the State shall) enhance network and information security protection capabilities...
In July 2016, a second draft of a new cybersecurity law was released in China, which strengthens controls over the flow of online information and enhances protection of personal data.
On July 5, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress published the full Second Draft of the Cybersecurity Law (source document in Chinese) ("Draft").
On June 28, the CAC published Provisions on the Administration of Information Services of Mobile Internet Application Programs.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V.
China's government released a second draft of its cyber security law on 5 July 2016. Once adopted, this law will likely have a significant impact on all business sectors in China.
Mayer Brown JSM
On 12 August 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the General Administration of Quality Supervision, the Inspection and Quarantine of China (GAQSIQ), and the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) jointly released Several Guidelines to Strengthen National Cybersecurity Standardisation (the "Guidelines").
On October 20, the PCPD promoted Hong Kong as the host of the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.
The response followed a warning (source document in Chinese) from the PCPD to fitness club members to "stay smart" in protecting their personal data.
On June 26, PCPD issued the Guidance on the Proper Handling of Customers' Personal Data for the Beauty Industry in response to major complaints against the beauty sector.
On June 21, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data ("PCPD") published a media statement (source document in Chinese) alerting the public to stay smart when shopping online.
Mayer Brown JSM
The HKMA announced that it had granted five stored value facility licences, which are the first set of such licences granted by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority under the new Payment Systems and Stored Value Facilities Ordinance.
Mayer Brown JSM
On 19 July 2016, the DH discovered suspicious files on the computer server hosting its Immunisation Record System. The suspicious files were believed to have been saved on the server after a breach of the security system...