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Will Your Website Put You In Legal Hot Water? There’s A Quick, Easy Way To Find Out.

The Internet juggernaut has taken over and the stampede is on. New, online businesses are being created in high volume, and existing businesses are establishing online presences in numbers not thought possible only a decade ago. But, as is the case with all stampedes, there is bound to be a little chaos and some unintended [...]

Health Service Providers: Avoid putting the health of your business at risk by ignoring privacy laws

The collection of clients’ private information is an important everyday task for many businesses. Private information helps businesses across a range of industries to give their clients the best possible service. However, in particular, providers of health services use personal information to tailor treatment and exercise regimes to the specific needs of clients and patients. [...]

Does my business need to comply with the Privacy Act?

The collection of clients’ private information is an important everyday task for many businesses. Private information helps businesses to give their clients the best possible service. However, many business owners may not be aware of the strict privacy rules, which operate within Australia. These rules restrict the way they can use the personal information that [...]

4 Hot Tips for Using Periscope without breaking the Law

Do you like to incorporate exciting new tech, like video streaming Apps, into the media mix for your business? Then wait! You need to read this article first. Sharing video content in a live setting is no new phenomenon. For years, television and online broadcasters have provided viewers with access to live content, broadcast directly [...]

The State of Privacy Policies in Australia

Following the recent Asia Pacific Privacy Awareness Week held from 3 – 9 May this year, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released an appraisal on the state of privacy policies in Australia. The OAIC evaluated the privacy policies of various international organisations, including finance, retail, government, and social and other media [...]

Garden Sheds Are For Garden Tools…Not Medical Records

What measures are considered reasonable to safeguard private information held by businesses under Australian law? This question was partly answered through an investigation by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in 2014. The investigation found that the Pound Road Medical Centre (PMRC) in Melbourne had breached the Privacy Act 1988. This followed a [...]

Downloadable Apps and Privacy Permissions

The proliferation of downloadable apps and their privacy policies has been in the spotlight of late. Most infamously, Facebook received short-lived public ridicule over the recently released update for its Messenger app. The furore surrounds the privacy terms, which request permission to access and use voice recording, camera and internet functions without first notifying the [...]

Privacy Act Reform: Ready or not, here it comes

Significant amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) come into force on 12 March 2014. These amendments give the Australian Information Commissioner greater powers to enforce the Privacy Act. The amended Privacy Act also replaces the National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles with a new set of consolidated Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). [...]

Will Your Website Privacy Policy Hold Up To Scrutiny?

As featured by The Global Privacy Enforcement Network has initiated the first International Internet Privacy Sweep, attracting participation from 19 privacy enforcement authorities from around the world. Jamie White explains what this could mean for your business. As part of the sweep, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has just conducted an [...]

Will Your Data Mean Less Customers?

Information is now currency but in the ‘data economy’ brands must comply with privacy laws, not just to avoid legal risk, but to maintain trust and win more business. Pre-internet, we shared our personal information with a handful of official agencies and businesses such as the tax office or our bank. How it was used, [...]

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