3.2.1 About Privacy
Privacy relates to the management and protection of an individual’s personal information. This can be information or an opinion about an identified or reasonably identified individual. The Privacy Act is the existing Commonwealth legislation that regulates the handling of personal information by Australian government agencies and businesses. Included within the Privacy Act are 13 Australian Privacy Principles that regulate the standards, rights and obligations for the handling, holding, accessing and correction of personal information.
It is integral for businesses to comply with the mandatory requirements of the Australian Privacy Principles, and as businesses increasingly move online, there is even greater importance on protecting an individual’s privacy in an electronic environment.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is the federal Australian Government body responsible for privacy in Australia. The OAIC deals with complaints about the handling of an individual’s personal information and has powers to resolve investigations and promote privacy compliance.
Australian Privacy Principles:
The Office of the Australian information Commissioner is responsible for:
Reviewing decisions made under the Freedom of Information Act
Monitoring agency administration
Providing advice to the public, government agencies and businesses.