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Leading Firm urges Australian Businesses to view privacy as ‘a matter of strategic importance’ as Privacy Awareness Week 2019 gets underway

Leading Firm urges Australian Businesses to view privacy as ‘a matter of strategic importance’ as Privacy Awareness Week 2019 gets underway

Published on May 13, 2019 by Selwyn Black, Yue Lucy Han and Yue Lucy Han

Now is the perfect time for business owners to check the privacy health of their organisation with Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) now underway from 12 to 18 May 2019.

Privacy Awareness Week is an annual initiative run by the Office of the Information Commissioner (OAIC) and the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities forum and this year’s theme is ‘Don’t be in the dark on privacy’.

Leading Law Firm Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers is urging businesses to widen the scope of their thinking about privacy issues to see them as strategically important rather than simply a matter of legal compliance”.

“Privacy Week is an important opportunity to check the privacy health of your business or organisation, particularly in light of the real legal, business and compliance risks and consequences of inaction”, said Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ Selwyn Black and Yue Lucy Han.

“In an age where Facebook is saying that the ‘Future is Private’, a company built on extracting value from user data, it raises the question about whether it is time to view privacy as a matter of strategic importance rather than simple legal compliance.

“Generally speaking, if the annual turnover of a business is under $3 million, then it is most likely not required to comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

“However, the beauty of the Australian privacy regulation framework is that it is principles based.

“It is designed in a way to enshrine principles that help to foster and grow privacy minded individuals and businesses.

“In light of Privacy Awareness Week, it may be beneficial for you and your business to review the 13 Australian Privacy Principles and apply them strategically to your business”, said Mr Black and Ms Han.

Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)


Open and transparent management of personal information


Anonymity and pseudonymity


Collection of solicited personal information


Dealing with unsolicited personal information


Notification of the collection of personal information


Use or disclosure of personal information


Direct marketing


Cross-border disclosure of personal information


Adoption, use or disclosure of government related identifiers

APP 10

Quality of personal information

APP 11

Security of personal information

APP 12

Access to personal information

APP 13

Correction of personal information


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