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

Consent and the Privacy Act in the ‘Big Data’ era

One of the biggest challenges privacy regulators face is the onset of ‘Big Data’ — the hoovering up of large unstructured datasets for analysis at insanely affordable prices. In amending Australia’s Privacy Act, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has studied this trend in detail. But after discussing the Act with a panel of experts

Are you ready for a data request deluge?

The Improbability of Privacy Act Compliance (Part 4) For the past three days I’ve opined as to the reasons why Australian organisations are unlikely to be prepared for the updated Privacy Act come March 12, with emphasis on what constitutes personal data and the impact of the amended Act on cloud computing and big data.