Posted March 10, 2019 15:06:33The Australian Privacy Principles, or APPs, set out in the Privacy Act of Australia and the Privacy Principles for Businesses, require businesses to protect the personal data of individuals.
The new social networking policy sets out the principles of privacy for businesses.
Under the new policy, a business is required to establish and maintain a policy of adequate and effective privacy.
This policy outlines the requirements of the APPs for businesses and provides an overview of the responsibilities of business entities to safeguard personal information.
What does this mean?
The Privacy Act requires that businesses be able to identify the data that is held by them and the processes and procedures that they use to make that information available.
Business entities are also required to: maintain reasonable controls over the use of personal information, including, but not limited to, protecting the privacy of individuals, respecting their rights, respecting the freedom of expression, and providing a level playing field for the operation of business activities.
Businesss that fail to comply with the APP Principles may be fined up to $10,000.
What is the Privacy Commissioner looking at?
The privacy commissioner has been reviewing the new policies for businesses since the Privacy Day announcement on February 14.
He has also issued a statement to the media.
“We are concerned about the lack of clarity and transparency in the new rules and we want to make sure they are being implemented in a way that is appropriate for all businesses,” he said.
The Privacy Commissioner said he was also concerned about how much data businesses are sharing with the government, and about how the APPS has changed since the 2014 privacy rules were announced.
He said he had been in contact with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Privacy Council and the ACCC and that the department was working on how to make the new guidelines more compatible with existing Privacy Acts.
What are the implications for businesses?
If businesses are not following the APPNPs, the privacy commissioner will consider a number of actions.
“A business can choose to comply and the Commissioner will consider any actions that it takes,” he told the ABC.
“What action the Commissioner takes will depend on the circumstances of the case.
It may also include an investigation.”
What are some of the things businesses need to do to comply?
The following steps are important for businesses that want to comply:Use common sense and privacy in setting up a business, such as ensuring a business has adequate data security.
If businesses don’t comply, the commissioner will investigate the breach and report back to the Australian public in the appropriate manner.
What happens if a business doesn’t comply?
What information do I need to give the Commissioner?
The Commissioner can give a range of information about the privacy obligations of businesses to ensure that the business is complying with the principles.
For example, the following are the key privacy information the Commissioner may require:A copy of the business agreement, including all the terms and conditions and the privacy policies of the relevant parties, as specified in the Australian Privacy Act;A statement from the relevant party that you have the right to withdraw your consent to the disclosure of personal data;A copy or extracts of the person’s contact details for each party to the relationship.
If the information is not on the business’ website, the business may request the commissioner to provide a copy or extract of it.
What can I do to make my business comply?
Businesses that do not comply with their APPNP are subject in some circumstances to the consequences of the Commissioner’s investigation.
For instance, a small business may be ordered to pay a fine, which is in addition to any other penalties that the Commissioner might impose.
The Commissioner may also order the business to pay the costs of an investigation.
What if I want to get involved?
You can contact the Privacy commissioner’s complaints department by calling 1800 656 742.
What will happen to businesses that don’t provide me with the information that I require?
If you or a business partner