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Privacy is a human right

December 8, 2020 - 4:24pm

The answer to ‘What is privacy?’ can attract a multitude of answers. It’s the right to be let alone, to control who knows what about you, to be free from unwanted interference in your private life; it’s something that “inheres in the basic dignity of the individual...[without which]...it is difficult for an individual to possess and retain a sense of self-worth or to maintain an independence of spirit and thought.

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Submission to Office of the National Data Commissioner

December 1, 2020 - 8:59am

The OIC provided a submission to the Office of the National Data Commissioner’s consultation on the Exposure draft of the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020.

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Information access is a human right

November 24, 2020 - 2:35pm

It is a truth, if not universally acknowledged, then at least well-known among those who work in information access, that people rarely, if ever, seek information from the government for fun. Most people are doing so because they need the information. There are bound to be exceptions, just as there are for every rule, but whatever their reason for seeking it—deeply personal or in service to the public—when they do so, they are exercising a human right.

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Christmas/New Year time periods

November 23, 2020 - 12:08pm

OIC confirms that only notified public holidays do not count when calculating due dates for the 2020/2021 Christmas/New Year period. 

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Requirements to collect personal information for contact tracing purposes

November 23, 2020 - 8:15am

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and territory health authorities have required some businesses to collect personal information from their patrons as a condition of re-opening. Currently state and territory orders have some common requirements, but other requirements differ.

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