Artificial intelligence and privacy issues paper

Friday 15 June, 2018

There is little doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic, and increasingly so with every new AI technology or application that makes its debut into the world.

For the most part, the public’s interaction or experience with AI occurs in the private sphere – think Netflix or your smartphone’s virtual personal assistant. However, AI applications and developments are also being used in, and to the benefit of, the public sector. Not only does AI have the potential to enhance efficiencies across government, but it also provides governments with the ability to deliver services in a whole new way.

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Changing privacy law landscape

Friday 25 May, 2018

Today marks the enforcement day of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR significantly changes the privacy law landscape, implementing strict, prescriptive obligations for data controllers and processers, both in the EU and extra-territorially.

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Event recap: Privacy debate

Friday 18 May, 2018

On Friday 11 May 2018, as the grand finale to Privacy Awareness Week, the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) held its second public forum for the year in the form a debate. The topic for the debate was, ‘Privacy and technology are inherently incompatible’.

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Privacy Awareness Week blog series: Creativity competition winners

Friday 11 May, 2018

As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2018, the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) ran its second creativity competition. We sought entries from the general public, asking them to put a creative spin on privacy and show us what it means to them. We received some fantastic work and are delighted to share the top three entries! Thank you to all of those who shared their work with us. 

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Privacy Awareness Week blog series: From principles to practice 

Thursday 10 May, 2018

Privacy is often a somewhat abstract thing. It’s very real when our own privacy has been breached. But at other times it’s a right we may take for granted. People often trade their privacy for some perceived benefit - for example, giving up their name, address, and possibly birthday, to win a prize of some kind.

Quite often we push privacy to the back of our minds in order to achieve a particular goal, quickly. Who has the desire, or the time, to wade through pages of terms and conditions, which are often written in obscure legalese, in order to understand what we’re giving up?

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