Privacy Awareness Week blog series: Privacy impact assessments 

Wednesday 9 May, 2018

So, you have an exciting new project that’s about to begin. There are so many things to think about, so much planning to do, things to organise… time to write a list!

One thing that should be on the top of that list? A privacy impact assessment (PIA).

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Privacy Awareness Week blog series: Making privacy a habit

Tuesday 8 May, 2018

Getting into good privacy protection habits isn't hard, but can save you and your organisation a lot of hardship. It only takes minor actions, practised regularly, to protect you and your clients. Like putting on your seatbelt when you get into a car, these actions - once they are habitual - become something you don't really need to think much about. However, they can make a big difference in terms of reducing risks.

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Privacy Awareness Week blog series: Communicating about privacy

Monday 7 May, 2018

It can sometimes appear that privacy is a concept which is the subject of common organisational parlance, but which is seldom properly understood.

For something as important as the proper collection, handling and use of personal information, it is crucial that when communicating about privacy, what we say to all our audiences is clear and easily understandable.

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Redacting the right way

Monday 23 April, 2018

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The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) often receives notifications from agencies about privacy breaches (both actual and suspected). A few of these breaches have arisen from agencies inadvertently releasing or publishing documents containing personal information that has not been properly redacted, if at all. This can occur in a range of different circumstances – for example, in the context of a freedom of information (FOI) application, or where agencies publish documents such as public submissions, reports, and council meeting minutes.

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VCAT decision: Polkinghorne v Warrnambool City Council 

Monday 16 April, 2018

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) recently ruled on two complaints made under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. The complaints related to the preparation and distribution of an investigation report that the Council had commissioned in response to an earlier, unrelated complaint by Mr Polkinghorne about the conduct of a Council employee.

Read more: VCAT decision: Luke Polkinghorne v Warrnambool City Council

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