COVID-19 Update

Paul Dawson-Bak

Does your business need a privacy policy?

Australian businesses should take their privacy law obligations seriously. Consumers value their privacy, and legislation clearly reflects this. Given the rapidly changing regulatory environment, it is important that Australian businesses begin updating their data collection and security processes in advance. Privacy law in Australia The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) governs the way in … Read More

Cyber security and COVID-19

While many public and private organisations are protecting their staff and vulnerable members of the community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through social distancing and working from home arrangements, cyber criminals are undoubtedly exploiting the global situation. Australia’s leading agency on national cyber security, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASCS), and the Australian Competition and … Read More

Victoria’s new Gender Equality Act

The Gender Equality Bill 2019 (Vic) passed through the Parliament at the end of February 2020, which the State’s Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams heralded as “a landmark step in breaking down discrimination and gender barriers in the workplace”[1]. The Gender Equality Act 2020 (Vic), Australia’s first ever state-based gender equality legislation, will take effect … Read More

OAIC provides guidance for employers on privacy obligations in response to the spread of COVID-19

On 18 March 2020, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) published a statement and comprehensive guidance to assist Australian Government agencies and private sector employers in understanding their privacy obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The OAIC has provided guidance on the handling of personal … Read More

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