The Key Privacy Concepts guidelines explain important words and phrases used in the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act). They are intended to assist in the interpretation and application of the privacy principles in the IP Act.
The word ‘practicable’ is used throughout the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs), in particular:
The word ‘impracticable’ is also used throughout the principles, in particular:
The Macquarie Dictionary defines ‘practicable’ as ‘capable of being done’ especially with the available means or with reason or prudence ie it is feasible to be done. Whether something is practicable or not will be determined having regard to all the circumstances.
It is not sufficient to consider something not practicable simply because it is inconvenient, difficult, or will increase costs. While these factors, and the severity of them, can be relevant when determining if something is or is not practicable, the fact that a practice is made slightly more onerous is not enough.
Some of the factors that could make an action impracticable are where meeting the standard or principles would:
Current as at: July 19, 2013