Privacy guidelines
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The draft Australian Privacy Principle (APP) guidelines have been released for public consultation.
  Australian Information Commissioner, John McMillan said the guidelines outlined how his office would interpret and apply the APPs, which were central to new privacy laws that begin on 12 March 2014.
  “These guidelines will play an important role in helping Australian Government agencies and private sector organisations understand and comply with their new obligations,” Professor McMillan said.
 
New laws next year
“The new privacy laws will affect every Australian, so it’s important that the guidelines are practical, accessible and that we get the balance right.”
  He said the draft guidelines would be released in stages. The first stage would give guidance about new requirements for agencies and organisations about how they managed personal information, including the requirement to have a clearly expressed and up-to-date privacy policy.
  Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim said the new laws required Australian Government agencies and private sector organisations to be more open and transparent about their management of personal information.
  “This will give people a better understanding of how their personal information will be handled so that they can make an informed decision about interacting with the entities covered by the Privacy Act,” Mr Pilgrim said.
  He said the remainder of the draft guidelines would be published over the next month and the final guidelines would be published before the end of the year.
  The consultation is open until 20 September. Submissions should be sent to consultation@oaic.gov.au
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