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Welcome to our fortnightly digest, Privacy News.

Proposed code amendment to speed emergency responses

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has proposed an amendment to the Telecommunications Information Privacy Code to enable the launch of a new system to gather and share automated mobile emergency caller location information. The proposed change is to assist the emergency services to respond more quickly to an emergency. Submissions are invited on this proposal.

Privacy Commissioner's 2016 Annual Report

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has released his third annual report since taking office in 2014. The report highlights a variety of ways the Office has helped to build trust between individuals and agencies that collect, hold and use their personal information, including:

  • Working with agencies to develop breach notification processes and transparency reporting to enhance transparency and accountability;
  • Advising public sector agencies on how to approach “big data” in a privacy-friendly way so those agencies can use the large data sets they hold without compromising individual privacy;
  • Developing new tools and resources to make privacy more accessible for individuals.

A copy of the Privacy Commissioner’s 2016 Annual Report can be found here.

Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill 147-1

Read the Privacy Commissioner's Submission to Parliament's Law and Order Committee on the Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill 147-1.

Reblogged by the NBR

Our blog post about the dangers of employee browsing has been republished by the NBR. You can find it here or read it on our blog. Feel free to share it among your friends and colleagues

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Distressing privacy intrusions in elderly residential care
Distressing privacy intrusions in elderly residential care
 
Author Alison Rahn    Date published 16 November 2016

When they moved into an aged care home, Grace and Arthur* had been married almost 50 years. Their new accommodation consisted of two single beds on opposite sides of a single room too small to personalise with their own furniture from home, plus an ensuite bathroom.

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Employee browsing is a no-no
Employee browsing is a no-no
 
Author Abigail Vink    Date published 25 November 2016

Have you ever been tempted to search your company’s database for information about your colleagues’ pay, promotions, employment disputes or performance?  Or perhaps you have access to client databases which contain juicy information about customers’ purchase history and financial situation? Humans are inherently curious beings, but be aware that browsing other people’s private information is against the law.

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Code change to help emergency services locate mobile callers
Code change to help emergency services locate mobile callers
 
Author Daimhin Warner    Date published 25 November 2016

Pieter, a visitor from Belgium, witnessed a car accident in a remote area. The accident left a young woman unconscious and seriously injured. Pieter acted quickly and phoned the emergency line from his mobile phone to get help to the woman as soon as possible.

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Shaping Up: privacy practitioner fitness
Shaping Up: privacy practitioner fitness
 
Author Annabel Fordham    Date published 28 November 2016

The Privacy Summit 2016 – Trust in Privacy, held the other week in Sydney (14-15 November), is the annual gathering for iappANZ members (International Association of Privacy Professionals – Australia & New Zealand) and other privacy practitioners, academics and regulators.

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