National COVID-19 Privacy Principles released

September 15, 2021 - 8:34am

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and state and territory privacy commissioners and ombudsmen recently released National COVID-19 Privacy Principles to support a nationally consistent approach to solutions and initiatives designed to address the ongoing risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, for example, QR codes, vaccination certificates or any future proposal with privacy impacts.


Joint video raises awareness of information access rights

September 7, 2021 - 8:38am

Government runs on information - collecting and creating data and documents about government policies, services, decision making as well as using and storing our personal information.


Privacy case note #3, 2021: Agency discloses copy of records to a legal firm whose client had the same name as complainant

September 6, 2021 - 11:14am

OIC was contacted by a complainant who stated the agency had provided a copy of her agency records to a legal firm, whose client had the same name as her. All other information was different including the two people’s ages, their places of residence and the currency of the records.


Check in data protected by strict privacy requirements

September 6, 2021 - 10:37am

The Office of the Information Commissioner welcomes introduction of legislation by the Queensland Government to enhance trust and transparency in the use of Check In Qld App data.  Queensland Parliament, on 2 September 2021, passed amendments to the Public Health Act 2005 to enhance privacy protections for personal information collected through the Check In Qld app, or alternative methods, by ensuring that it can only be used for contact tracing or contact tracing related purposes.


The 2021 Solomon Lecture – Solving Public Problems with Data

August 31, 2021 - 8:57am

The Solomon Lecture is back in 2021. We’re pleased to present Professor Beth Simone Noveck delivering the 2021 Solomon Lecture on ‘Solving Public Problems with Data