Privacy champions meet during PAW 2021

May 6, 2021 - 12:08pm

The OIC is working with agencies to establish a network of privacy champions to help grow privacy aware work cultures and incorporate privacy by design into executive decision-making, building greater public trust in government.

The inaugural meeting (facilitated by OIC) has been held during Privacy Awareness Week 2021, with representation from almost 20 Queensland Government agencies.

Information Commissioner, Ms Rachael Rangihaeata, and Privacy Commissioner, Mr Phil Green, welcomed the privacy champions before presentations from special guests.

The Chairperson of the Crime and Corruption Commission, Mr Alan MacSporran QC, spoke about recommendations from Operation Impala – A report into misuse of confidential information in the Queensland public sector and how improper access to personal information was essentially a behavioural or cultural issue.

Mr MacSporran further emphasised the important role senior leaders play in advocating for privacy and changing organisational culture, before outlining practical steps agencies can take to embed privacy by design.

Chief Information Officer from TAFE Queensland, Mr Alan Chapman, gave a presentation about TAFE’s journey through OIC’s privacy training and audit and evaluation and shared lessons learned.

The privacy champion network will offer a range of exciting possibilities to share, collaborate and innovate, strengthening privacy practices across agencies.

The network will also assist agencies in seeking solutions to complex privacy challenges posed by new and emerging technologies.

While the establishment of the network is in its early stages, the OIC plans to facilitate more meetings in the next financial year, with a focus on setting up a privacy champions network for local government, as well as for Hospital and Health Services around Queensland.

The OIC will keep agencies updated on the development and implementation of the network.