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OAIC assesses privacy policy compliance – results reveal room for improvement

7 May 2015

 

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released the results of a recent review of online privacy policies with some interesting observations.

A sample of twenty companies covering a range of industries has indicated that 55% of policies evaluated did not meet one or more of the standard content requirements outlined in the Australian Privacy Principles, APP 1.  This Principle requires that "...entities manage personal information in an open and transparent way". However, the review revealed that shortcomings of some policies included overly convoluted documents, inadequate explanation of how personal information is used and accessed and whether data would be shared with third parties overseas.

The OAIC has suggested that the most effective privacy policies are those that are accessible and up-to-date. Tips for writing a policy are available from the OAIC website.

For more information:

David Williams | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0270
f +61 7 3224 0333
dwilliams@mullinslaw.com.au

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