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  • Improve privacy practices or else, OAIC warns CBA

    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will be required to review its privacy and data retention policies under threat of court action from the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner.

    Written by George Nott27 June 19 11:01
  • Number of reported data breaches drops

    The number of data breaches reported to the OAIC has dropped to 215 making the January to March 2019 quarter the lowest in the number of data breaches reported in a full quarter so far.

    Written by Samira Sarraf13 May 19 11:21
  • OPINION: OAIC not primed for data breaches

    Next to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) Chief Executive, Angelene Falk would have to have one of the least coveted positions in Australia, and it’s hard not to feel sorry for her.

    Written by Michael Connory27 Nov. 18 09:30
  • UPDATED: OAIC mulls Aussietravelcover investigation

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is deciding whether to investigate travel insurance company, Aussietravelcover (ATC) after reports that personal information including names, phone numbers, email addresses, travel dates and policy costs were hacked on 18 December, 2014.

    Written by Hamish Barwick22 Jan. 15 09:26
  • Privacy complaints jump by 183% in FY14

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) received 4,239 privacy complaints during FY14, a 183 per cent increase on the 1,496 received in the previous financial year, according to a report.

    Written by Hamish Barwick23 Oct. 14 11:01
  • AFP apologises for privacy breach

    The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has issued an apology after it emerged that metadata related to criminal investigations was accidentally released online.

    Written by Hamish Barwick28 Aug. 14 14:31
  • How to avoid a Privacy Act breach

    Organisations who haven’t done anything about the Privacy Act need to put best practice measures, such as privacy training, in place before Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim comes knocking, according to IBRS advisor James Turner.

    Written by Hamish Barwick19 June 14 14:14
  • eBay Australia urges all customers to change their password

    eBay Australia is advising all of its customers to change their password, following confirmation by its United States parent company that cyber criminals accessed a database that contained eBay customer details including encrypted passwords.

    Written by Hamish Barwick22 May 14 16:33
  • OAIC releases privacy impact assessment guide for consultation

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released an updated privacy impact assessment (PIA) guide for public consultation following the Privacy Act changes which came into law today.

    Written by Hamish Barwick12 March 14 14:23
  • Get ready for Privacy Act changes: Privacy Commissioner

    With new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) coming into law in March 2014, Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim says now is the time for organisations to start preparing by conducting a review of privacy policies.

    Written by Hamish Barwick25 Jan. 13 14:32