3 June 2014

New privacy law to protect personal information

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Canberrans’ privacy will be better protected after the passing of new laws in the Legislative Assembly today.

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today welcomed the passing of the Information Privacy Act 2014, which promotes the protection of individual privacy by regulating the handling and management of personal information by ACT public sector agencies.

“The Information Privacy Act supports the development of clear, consistent and easy to understand information sharing practices within the ACT public service,” Mr Corbell said.

“It requires agencies to protect personal information and manage it in a responsible, transparent and balanced way.

“In a world where technological changes have led to a shift in community perceptions of privacy, people are more willing to share personal information but are also increasingly interested in how their information is handled and managed.”

The Information Privacy Act 2014 introduces a new set of foundational Territory Privacy Principles (TPPs) setting out rules for the handling and management of personal information. These principles are consistent with the Australian Privacy Principles, recently introduced by the Commonwealth.

The TPPs will guide the protection of personal information by ACT agencies and underpin the sharing of information within an appropriate framework.

“If an individual believes that their privacy has been the subject of interference, the Act provides for a comprehensive complaints mechanism for the investigation and resolution of the complaint.”

(Simon Corbell media release)

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