Significant changes to the Privacy Act: Is your business ready?

A number of significant changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) will come into force on 12 March 2014. It is important that businesses ensure that their privacy practices, procedures and systems are reviewed to ensure continuing compliance with the Privacy Act. The changes also give the Information Commissioner greater enforcement powers against non-compliant businesses, including civil penalties of

The Privacy Act and the cloud

Australia’s new Privacy Act will come into effect during a period of tremendous turbulence in the technology sector, owing to a surge in subscriptions to cloud computing services. Most of the initial resistance by CIOs to the use of cloud services is dissipating as the weight of opinion swings in favour of the model, spurred

New Australian mandatory data breach law introduced to Parliament

On 29 May the Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013 (Mandatory Data Breach Bill) was introduced into the Australian Parliament. With bipartisan support it could be passed into law by July 2013 with the measures to take effect from March 2014, when a number of other important changes are made to Australia’s privacy laws.