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Australian privacy policy clarifies OAIC’s role

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Dec. 3, 2014

There has been considerable activity in Australia related to the Privacy Regulatory Action Policy, released in conjunction with the Privacy Commissioner’s appearance at the 2014 IAPP ANZ Conference on Nov. 17. While the policy does not contain new enforcement, it clarifies the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) position and protocol for pursuing regulatory remedies to data protection and privacy violations. A transcript of the Commissioner’s speech is now available as is the privacy regulatory action policy.

The OAIC is now asking for public consultation about its forthcoming “Guide to privacy regulatory action.” Part 1 of an exposure draft of the guideis open until Friday, Dec. 12 2014. The NAID-ANZ Committee will submit a comment, the content of which will be published later this month.