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PRIVACY LAWS ARE A PUBLIC CONCERN

PRIVACY LAWS ARE A PUBLIC CONCERN

Are you a business that holds client information?   Do you use “the cloud” to store information?  Do you have  any international clients or a turnover of more than $3 million per year?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then  you need to know about the new  privacy laws that commenced in March this year.

The new privacy laws called,  Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), are quite complex and can have serious consequences for non-compliance, which should be of real concern for business owners or sole traders.

If you have not already done so, we recommend urgent consideration of:

1.        a  review of your privacy practices to  comply with the new  privacy laws;

2 .        training your staff so they  know what is required under the privacy laws; and

3 .        making sure you have an action plan if you receive a privacy complaint.

The many changes to privacy laws include requirements regarding:

–    the security of personal information;

–    dealing with personal information;

–    allowing persons to contact your business under a pseudonym or anonymously;

–    use of the cloud computing services

One very good reason to look into the privacy law changes is that the Privacy Commissioner can request that a court impose a penalty of up to $1.7 million for an organisation found to be in breach of the laws.

Please note that the privacy law changes are very complex and this article is general advice only. You should seek specific legal advice tailored to your  particular situation.

If you would like assistance with the changes to  privacy laws that may affect you, or help with creating a privacy policy or training your staff  on privacy requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Belinda Pinnow at McNamara and Associates  on (07) 3816 9555 or[email protected].