Privacy Awareness Week 2013

April 23, 2013 - 11:25am

From 28 April to 4 May we will mark Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2013. This annual event was established by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) in 2007, of which Queensland is an active member.

Current and emerging technologies – including drones, social media, smartphones, tablets, and the cloud – promote innovation, help government deliver more effective and efficient services, and allow individuals to stay connected.  However, it is important that their use is both generally responsible and compliant with privacy obligations.

An infographic produced by APPA for Privacy Awareness Week shows how evolving technologies create new privacy risks, and documents how citizens and regulators are taking action to protect privacy.

This year as part of PAW we are encouraging Queenslanders, in an entertaining way, to conduct a ‘Privacy Health Check’  and to consider measures which could safeguard their personal information in the digital world.

In Queensland, the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act) operates to prevent the abuse and misuse of personal information by government rather than restrict the legitimate flow of personal information in and out of government.  Misconceptions about what privacy is and what it isn’t have been addressed in our ‘Top 10 Privacy Myths – Busted’ information sheet. This resource is designed to explore some common privacy myths and clarify how the IP Act operates in practical situations.

We urge everyone to become privacy aware and a range of information and resources are available through our website to assist.