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Privacy Policy Changes – what they mean for you.

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April 2, 2014
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
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Level 3, 315 Brunswick St
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Privacy Policy Changes – what they mean for you.

April 2, 2014 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Malcolm Burrows is coming in to discuss the recent changes to the

Privacy Act ( effective March 12, 2014) and answer your questions .

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What are the changes?

The Federal Government’s changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) commenced on March 12, 2014.   These amendments include the introduction of thirteen (13) new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).  See the APPs here

The amendments also provide the Privacy Commissioner with new powers including the power to make determinations, accept enforceable written undertakings and apply for civil penalty orders.  The penalties range up to:

  • $340,000 – for an individual; and
  • $1.7 million – for a company.

These amendments mark a new approach to privacy protection in Australia.  The Privacy Commissioner recently stated, “I will not be taking a softly softly approach to these new powers.”¹

What do businesses need to do?

If you are a business with a turnover of over 3 million or more, health care provider or a business that trades in personal information you must:

  • update your website’s privacy policy, terms and conditions, collection notices and consent forms;
  • conduct a Privacy Act Compliance Audit (PACA) to identify problems in business practices;
  • introduce staff training, undertakings and procedure manuals;
  • review existing contracts to ensure privacy compliance with associated entities;
  • evaluate the security of data including IT and data storage processes; and
  • ensure practices are up-to-date with Credit reporting codes. 

Dundas Lawyers can help ensure your business is compliant with the Australian Privacy Principles.

Please bring your questions and make the most of the opportunity to speak with Malcolm and have your queries answered.

This is a free startup community event and refreshments will be provided.

Event hashtag: #StartupQLD

Time: 5:45pm for 6:00pm Start