The Privacy Law in Australia is about to change. Is your organisation aware of the change and how it will affect your organisation?

Changes to Australian Privacy Law are due to start in March 2014; this means that private-sector organisations and Australian Government agencies will need to be more transparent about how they handle personal information.

The privacy reform equips the Privacy Commissioner with a range of new powers. Significant changes include enabling the Privacy Commissioner to:

  • Accept written undertakings to ensure compliance with the Privacy Act;

  • Use the Privacy Commissioner's enhanced enforcement powers following an investigation of an act, practice, or complaint; and

  • Apply to the court for a civil penalty order

The reform introduces civil penalties into the Privacy Act for interferences with an individual's privacy. Under the new civil penalties, the Privacy Commissioner will be able to apply to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for a civil penalty order. If the Court is satisfied that the entity has breached that civil penalty provision, an individual can be liable for civil penalties of up to $340,000, and up to $1,700,000 for a body corporate.

Any organisation, whether in the public or private sector, should follow responsible, secure procedures for the destruction of records containing personal information, once a decision has been made not to retain or archive this material. In many cases, it’s not just a matter of being responsible, protecting one’s reputation, or preventing identity theft – it’s the law!

Recall offers peace of mind that your sensitive information is destroyed in accordance with relevant Australian legislations. As a national accredited and experienced secure destruction service provider, we deliver a secure closed loop process at a cost effective price, whilst mitigating risk for you and your company.


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