Privacy Legislation Summary

Under the Privacy Act, enforced by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), corporations can now face up to a $1.7 million fine for serious breaches of the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).

With enforcement of privacy laws becoming more stringent globally and regulators pushing for greater deterrents to prevent unlawful use of personal data, it is more important than ever for all businesses and organisations to understand what steps they must take to comply with privacy legislation.

This two page summary outlines key elements of privacy law in Australia and serves as both a guide on taking the first steps to compliance and a refresher for those who may already be well on the road. It includes:

  • Explanations of some of the key terminology of the APPs
  • What the legislation covers and who must comply
  • Penalties for breaching the Privacy Act
  • Practical steps you can take towards compliance

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