With online activity changing so quickly, privacy issues are increasingly capturing public and regulatory attention. In March 2019, the Government announced plans to provide greater protections for both individuals and businesses by reforming Australia’s privacy and consumer laws.
The changes are likely to include greater regulatory powers, tighter controls overusing and sharing personal information and a new code for online platforms.
We can help organisations manage privacy issues and prepare for the changes. We advise on all privacy issues, including compliance obligations, complaints for breaches of privacy and access to information requests. We regularly advise on:
- development and implementation of privacy policies and compliance programs, including management and employee training programs
- advice on and assistance with dealing with privacy complaints
- preparing submissions and responses to the Australian Information Commissioner
- advising and representing organisations during investigations and conciliation conferences conducted by the Australian Information Commissioner, and
- advice on compliance with changes to privacy laws.
Thinking| 31 Mar 2020
Organisations are facing unprecedented challenges to address the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, organisations are likely to be handling more and different personal information than normal. It is important that when designing and implementing measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, organisations understand their privacy obligations.
Thinking| 04 Jul 2019
Due to increasing technological developments and the focus on efficiencies in the workplace, we are seeing an evolution in the different ways employers are looking to collect and use employee information.
Thinking| 23 Oct 2018
In Australia, as well as internationally, this year has brought significant developments in the area of privacy regulation that may affect your business.
Thinking| 18 Jul 2018
In May 2018, the Federal Government announced that it will introduce amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to create a consumer data right (CDR) for application in banking, energy and telecommunications industry sectors, emphasising the consumer choice and competitive benefits.