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Draft Australian Privacy Principles consultation begins

The Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan and the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Mr Timothy Pilgrim have released draft Australian Privacy Principle (APP) Guidelines for public consultation.

Professor McMillan said the Guidelines outline how the OAIC will interpret and apply the APPs, which are central to new privacy laws that will commence on 12 March 2014.

Application to register the credit reporting code

On 1 July 2013 the Australasian Retail Credit Association (ARCA) lodged an application with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner for the registration of a new credit reporting (CR) code.

ARCA's application for registration is in response to a request from the Australian Privacy Commissioner, in December 2012, for ARCA to develop the CR code as part of the suite of privacy reforms that will come into effect on 12 March 2014.

The application and accompanying documents are now available. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is currently reviewing the application and proposed CR code.

What has changed in credit reporting?

A new privacy law reform resource is now available. This detailed resource is primarily aimed at businesses who need to prepare for the commencement of the changes on 12 March 2014. It will also be useful to others who need a detailed view of the new credit reporting system.

Google glass

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim and privacy and data protection commissioners from around the world have issued a joint letter urging Google Inc to respond to questions and concerns relating to Google Glass.

Statement on US surveillance program

Reports on the surveillance of the communications and online activity of citizens by US intelligence agencies have raised a number of questions, including what this means for the privacy of individuals.

Privacy is a fundamental human right, recognised in international law and protected under Australian laws such as the federal Privacy Act and telecommunications laws. However, the right to privacy is not absolute – it must be balanced against other important rights and ideals, such as freedom of expression and national security.

Privacy Commissioner's Statement on US surveillance program