Key privacy concepts - reasonable


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. 

IPPs and NPPs which reference 'reasonable' or 'reasonably'

The following Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) and National Privacy Principles (NPPs) contain the word ‘reasonable’ or ‘reasonably’:

  • IPP 2(3), 2(4), 2(5)(b)
  • IPP 3(3)
  • IPP 4
  • IPP 5
  • IPP 7(1), 7(4)
  • IPP 8
  • IPP 10(1)(b), 10(1)(d)
  • IPP 11(1)(a), 11(1)(c), 11(1)(e), 11(1)(f)(iv), 11(3), 11(4)
  • NPP 1(3), 1(4), 1(5)
  • NPP 2(1)(a)(ii), 2(d), 2(g)
  • NPP 3
  • NPP 4
  • NPP 5(2)
  • NPP 7(1), 7(4)

Meaning of 'reasonable'

Reasonableness requires a balanced and objective view to be brought to the question, one that looks beyond simply the agency’s interests. A fair, proper, and moderate approach must be taken, to ensure that all relevant factors are considered and properly balanced. 

Determining what is reasonable will depend on many factors, including the agency, its responsibilities, the personal information in question, the public interest in the proposed action, and any other relevant circumstances.  Generally, the practical difficulty or cost will not make something unreasonable. 

Current as at: July 19, 2013