OAIC: Australian Privacy Principles guidance

From the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner:  The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released a pair of guidances comparing the proposed new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) with Australia’s current National Privacy Principles (NPPs) and the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs).

The APPs are found in the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) and are set to replace the IPPs and the NPPs from 12 March 2014.  They will provide a suite of new comprehensive laws for the handing of personal information by a variety of government agencies and businesses.

The IPPs cover the Australian and ACT governments dealing with information.  The NPPs cover many other organisations, predominantly large businesses.  The new APPs have been introduced in the wake of the ALRC’s 2006 inquiry into Australia’s privacy legislation.

The information sheets released by the OAIC, which can be found at the bottom of this page, summarise the key differences between the APPs and the IPPs/NPPs, and will be useful to businesses and agencies seeking to ensure full compliance when the APPs come into effect next year.

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