Storm and flood event impacts on RTI Act and IP Act timeframes

February 5, 2013 - 8:15am

The recent storm and flood events in Queensland may have a significant impact on the ability of agencies and applicants to meet the timeframes prescribed under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act) for making decisions, lodging applications for review and handling privacy complaints.


Clarification: Providing Evidence of Identity electronically

January 11, 2013 - 3:28am

An agency has queried information provided on 8 January about verifying an applicant’s identity electronically. The Electronic Transactions (Queensland) Act 2001 generally supports the electronic provision of documents to facilitate the use of electronic transactions, which effectively removes unnecessary red tape.


Verifying identity the electronic way

January 8, 2013 - 3:31pm

Under both the RTI and IP Acts, applicants who apply for their own personal information are required to verify their identity.  Applicants do this by providing their ID (The RTI and IP Regulations set out what is suitable ID) to the agency, most commonly by photocopying their ID and having that copy certified by a Justice of the Peace or a lawyer. 


Protecting your online reputation - Youth Teaching Module

January 7, 2013 - 2:19am

The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC), has launched a Protecting Your Online Reputation Teaching Module to raise awareness among Queensland senior secondary school students about privacy in the information age.


Finding the Silver Lining: Moving government to the cloud

December 10, 2012 - 11:50am

OIC recently contributed an article for the October issue of the Bulletin of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (Australia and New Zealand) )(iappANZ) which put forward the view that privacy protections were not necessarily compromised through the use of cloud services.