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private i - your ultimate privacy survival guide
Whether you never think about privacy or always do, this publication is for you. It’ll tell you what some of the privacy issues are that you may face, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and who to turn to for help if your privacy has been affected.
Improper disclosure of personal information and failure to take reasonable steps to protect personal information.
Disclosure of personal information as a result of failure to provide adequate security over personal information / declined to investigate on the basis that complainant did not complain to the respondent before making the complaint to the Commissioner.
March 2003 The purpose of these Guidelines is to assist Federal and ACT government agencies to adopt best privacy practice and comply with the Privacy Act in respect to their websites. If personal information may be transmitted, published, solicited and collected via the Internet, agencies need to consider the relevant privacy implications whe...
Introduction Background The Technical Realities of E-mail Use and Privacy Jurisdiction and Legal Issues Developing a Policy Guidelines Conclusion Introduction The use of the Internet by governments and organisations has raised concerns about the privacy of staff e-mail and web browsing activities. Despit...
Key Messages Introduction The Spam Act prohibits sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages (spam). The Acts coverage includes emails, instant messaging, SMS and MMS (text and image-based mobile phone messaging) of a commercial nature. The Spam Act applies to any commercial electronic message with an Aust...
7 June 10 The Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis today welcomed National Cyber Security Awareness Week as an opportunity to partner with the Australian Government in promoting smart online practices.
06 May 2009 The Privacy Commissioners of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) today launched a video reminding young people to protect their privacy online. The key message of the video is: ''Think before you upload. Once its out there, its everywhere!. "We may think that the details, p...
26 August 2008 The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis, today released new guidanceto assist organisations who seek to engage in electronic marketing. "The Privacy and Spam Acts provide Australians with protections against receiving unsolicited emails, and it is in business best interests...
6 June 2008 Marking the beginning of National E-security Awareness Week, 6-13 June 2008, the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis, has urged both organisations and the public to take extra care to safeguard their information on computer systems: "Many of the privacy breaches that my Office is aware of occurred not only because of...
18 December 2007 Recognising growing community concerns about the potential privacy risks associated with social networking websites, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has issued advice to Australians - especially teenagers - about protecting their personal information on these sites. "Many people are all too readily posting p...
Media Release: National privacy survey: ID theft, ID scanning and online privacy concerns are on the rise
28 August 2007 A national survey commissioned by the Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner has found that technological developments have increased Australians privacy concerns. Among the findings are: ID THEFT: 9% of Australians claim to have been victims of ID theft and 60% are concerned about becoming a victim. 45%...
12/2/04 "I am disappointed that businesses, covered by the Privacy Act for over 2 years, are still making fundamental errors," said Federal Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton. "Some businesses have continued to run web sites that allow anybody to view other customers personal information by changing numbers in the URL (web site...
16 April 2003 Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton, has welcomed the release of the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) Final report of the NOIE review of the spam problem and how it can be countered. "The NOIE Report proposes some good solutions that will help reduce the spam problem," Mr Crompton said. "Spam poses a...
29 November 2002 The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has concluded an investigation into The Source web site finding that the Privacy Act was breached by the Department of Family and Community Services, which manages the site. The breaches have now been adequately addressed by the Department and measures are now in place to prevent simi...
12 June 2002 "We are aware of allegations that a federal government web site*, designed for young people, may have spammed users as part of two competitions it was running. I have commenced a formal investigation into the matter to determine if the Privacy Act has been breached," said Timothy Pilgrim, Deputy Federal Privacy Commissioner....
30/8/2001 "Reports, earlier today, that my Office has cleared the privacy practices of Wayne and Dianas Employment Web Site are incorrect. My Office has not cleared the web site," said Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton. "Changes to the federal Privacy Act that extends its coverage to private sector organisations come into force on 21 Dec...
30 March 2000 Federal Privacy Commissioners Guidelines on Workplace E-mail, Web Browsing and Privacy "No surprises is the key to a successful e-mail and web browsing policy in the workplace," said Malcolm Crompton, Federal Privacy Commissioner, during the launch of his Offices Guidelines on Workplace E-mail, Web Browsing and Privacy, by the Federal...
11/2/2000 "Internet users are very concerned about their activities on the net being tracked." "A Roy Morgan survey, published in August 99, found that "The majority of Australians (56 percent) are worried about invasion of privacy issues created by new information technologies..." "To its credit, DoubleClick doe...
4/11/1999 Federal Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton, today welcomed the recognition of the importance of personal privacy in proposals for a national plan of action for information management in the health sector. "All of us have a vested interest in better management of our health information," said Commissioner Crompton. "It is wid...
Media Release: Federal Privacy Commissioner issues Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government World Wide Websites
13/5/1999 Federal Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton, today released Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government World Wide Websites. Mr Crompton said "the Guidelines will help Government agency websites achieve worlds best practice in relation to on-line privacy protection." "The Guidelines are designed to help Federal and ACT G...
The impact of computers on privacy: a virtual story.
A speech delivered by Siobhan Jenner for the Striking a balance: Computer Audit, Control and Security 2005 Conference, at the Burswood Convention Centre, Perth, Western Australia, 23-26 October 2005.
Privacy: Technology, Law and the Marketplace
Speech delivered by the Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton, to the 3rd IBM Privacy Technology Summit hosted by IBM Tivoli, Sydney, 8 September 2003.
Privacy and Public Registers
a speech delivered by the Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton, to the 30th Australasian Registrars Conference, Canberra, 15 November 2002.
Marketing through new media channels
a speech delivered by the Privacy Commissioner, Malcolm Crompton, to the Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA), Sydney,Ã¿8 November 2002.
The Internet Stripped Naked!
a speech delivered by Malcolm Crompton, Privacy Commissioner to the Connections Internet Conference 2001 organised by the Western Australian Internet Association, Perth, 16 October 2001
Privacy in the Information Age-New and Old privacy law in Australia - 15th August 2001
a speech delivered by Malcolm Crompton, Privacy Commissioner to a lunch hosted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Melbourne, 15 August 2001
Privacy in the Information Age-New and Old privacy law in Australia - 8th August 2001
a speech delivered by Malcolm Crompton, Privacy Commissioner to a lunch hosted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Brisbane, 8 August 2001
Preserving Privacy in a Rapidly Changing Environment
a speech delivered by Malcolm Crompton,Ã¿Privacy Commissioner, to the Fourth National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia, New Crimes or New Responses convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology held in Canberra 21 June 2001
Building Trust in the Online Environment
Business-to-Consumer Dispute Resolution, a Conference jointly organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCPIL) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The Hague, 11-12 December 2000
The value of privacy to e-commerce
Leukaemia Foundation Executive Breakfast, 22 August 2000
The Importance of Privacy to e-commerce: AIIA Seminar, 27 July 2000
AIIA Seminar, 27 July 2000
The Privacy Bill: Implications for the private sector in the evolving information economy
Australian Information Industry Association, 5 November 1999
Privacy Issues in an e-world
Macquarie Graduate School of Management, 24 September 1999
The adequacy of protections for the privacy of Australians online; Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts (August 2010)
Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts on the adequacy of protections for the privacy of Australians online (August 2010)
Inquiry into Cyber Safety Issues Affecting Children and Young People; Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety (July 2010)
Submission to the Australian Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety inquiry into Cyber Safety Issues Affecting Children and Young People (July 2010)
Draft report: Engage Getting on with Government 2.0; Submission to the Government 2.0 Taskforce (December 2009)
Submission on published draft report Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0. to the Government 2.0 Taskforce
Digital Economy Future Directions: Consultation Paper; Submission to Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (February 2009)
February 2009 Key Recommendations 1. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (the Office) welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the development of the Digital Economy Future Directions Paper (the Future Directions Paper) by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (the Department). 2. It is...