Mandatory Notifiable Data Breaches take effect 22 Feb: Are you prepared?

On 22 February 2018, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) will take effect and a new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme will be in force. This reform will affect the privacy obligations of all non-government schools who are governed by the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). Personal Information and […]

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Two months until Data Breach Laws take effect and breaches in the news: Is your school ready?

Recent devastating privacy breaches in the United States serve as a timely reminder for schools about the importance of practicing privacy every day and also being ready for compliance with the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) taking effect in February 2018. The Uber and Equifax incidents also raise important […]

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Privacy Webinar: Frequently Asked Questions about privacy management and complaints handling in your school

Since 2014, when the 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) were introduced, schools and other organisations have been required to implement policies, procedures, practices and systems to ensure privacy is managed properly ‘every day’. Schools will not be privacy compliant simply by publishing a ‘privacy policy’ – practising privacy each day is about ensuring all staff […]

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New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

On 22 February 2018, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) will take effect and a new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme will be in force. This reform will affect the Privacy Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 […]

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‘Care when you share’- parents who post photographs on social media

During Privacy Awareness Week 2017, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is encouraging individuals to care about their privacy and to better inform themselves of what will or what might happen to their personal information before they share it online. There is also a concerted drive to educate adults, particularly parents and guardians, […]

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Can your school be trustworthy while also being transparent?

The theme of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week is ‘Trust and Transparency.’ Timothy Pilgrim, Commissioner of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) stated that trust and transparency “speaks to the consumer and community trust that flows to organisations who handle personal information transparently, and with care, throughout the information life cycle. Privacy is rarely about secrecy, […]

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