12 Apr, 2017
Canberra, 10 April 2017, (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner) – With privacy attracting a record level of attention from Australian consumers and communities, Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has today previewed key events of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week (15 to 19 May 2017).
‘Australians are more conscious of personal data issues than ever before, and the numbers tell the story,’ said Commissioner Pilgrim. ‘Our statistics show a 20 per cent increase in privacy complaints made to my office so far this financial year. This highlights just how Australian expectations of privacy are maturing each year.
‘So I’m pleased that the latest release of our national privacy survey will be the focal point of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week.’
The Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey 2017 will be released in Privacy Awareness Week — providing the latest update to Australia’s longest-standing national privacy study.
‘This will give us the latest understanding of Australians’ views on key concerns such as data breaches, social media, oversharing, notice and consent, government use of personal information, and ID theft. The results will offer Australian business and agencies an insight into community expectations about privacy and data protection,’ said Commissioner Pilgrim.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is calling for businesses and agencies to show their support for good privacy practices by signing up as a partner for the awareness raising week this year.
‘The theme for Privacy Awareness Week is “trust and transparency” which speaks to the importance of organisations handling personal information with care. Personal data can travel through numerous transactions, media and organisations — but it’s always personal — so it’s important that we take care at every step.’
During the week, the OAIC will also release practical tools to help professionals understand and implement Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) within their organisations. PIAs are a crucial element of high risk projects or new processes involving personal information. They identify the impact a project might have on the privacy of individuals and how to manage or minimise them — ensuring business success and customer satisfaction.