New privacy laws could affect your website’s privacy policy

New changes to the Privacy Act 1988 have now come in to force and will affect government agencies, businesses with an annual turnover of more than $3 million, or business and entities in certain industries.

The changes introduce a new set of harmonised privacy principles that all privacy policies of individual business and other relevant entities must comply with. The principles outline matters such as:

  • access to privacy policies
  • how an individual can access their personal information stored by an entity
  • what types of information are collected and held by the entity
  • why information is collected by the entity
  • how complaints in relation to privacy matters are to be resolved
  • disclosure matters

The Office of the Australian Information has produced several fact sheets in relation to the recent changes. These can be accessed on their website.

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