Second Stage Australian Privacy Principle Consultation Begins

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released the second stage of Draft Australian Privacy Principle (APP) Guidelines for public consultation. This stage includes Apps 6-11. The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, said the second stage of these draft guidelines gives guidance about new requirements for agencies and organisations in areas such as how they use or disclose personal information, undertake direct marketing activities and send data off-shore.

A significant area of change is the off shore disclosure of data covered in app 8. New accountability requirements will apply to organisations (including australian government agencies) that send personal information to an overseas recipient. Australian organisations will generally remain accountable for the handling of the personal information by the overseas recipient.

These guidelines will outline how the office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will interpret and apply the Apps which are central to new privacy laws that commence on 12 march 2014. The consultation on apps 6 to 11 is open until close of business Monday 21 October 2013. Please send submissions to consultation@oaic.gov.au.

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