Media release: Privacy Awareness Week - 4 May 2015

Queensland’s Acting Privacy Commissioner Ms Jenny Mead today launched Privacy Awareness Week in Queensland, which is running from 3 to 9 May and promotes awareness of privacy rights and responsibilities.

This year’s theme ‘privacy everyday @ work and @ play’ encourages citizens and Queensland government agencies to better understand their rights and responsibilities when sharing or handling personal information.

Many citizens provide their personal information to government agencies in order to receive services and therefore sensitive personal information is handled on a daily basis. Queensland’s privacy principles cover an agency’s collection, use, security and disclosure of personal information; and also outline how individuals can access and amend their information held by government.

Ms Mead said, “Privacy Awareness Week is a good opportunity for everyone to stop and think about how they might better protect and respect personal information.”

“This year’s theme reminds us that whether you are at work or at play you need to be mindful of who you give your personal information to, why they need it, what they might use it for and how they will handle it”, Ms Mead said.

To help raise awareness, the Office of the Information Commissioner has released a suite of resources specifically for Privacy Awareness Week including a quiz, checklist and printable poster.

Privacy Awareness Week is an initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities forum.

Further information and resources are available here.  

Media Contact: Steve Haigh
Phone: (07) 3898 0647