Privacy

Minter Ellison’s privacy and data protection team advises clients across different industry sectors on local and international privacy and data protection issues.

We regularly assist with the development of privacy compliance tools and privacy policies and statements, conduct privacy audits of organisations to assist with compliance, advise financial institutions in relation to privacy implications associated with credit reporting and providing financial services, advise on marketing and promotional strategies (including email spam and other direct marketing), assist multinational organisations in relation to trans-border data flows and advise and assist organisations in the event of data and information security breaches.

In light of continuing proposals to change privacy laws in Australia, we keep abreast of developments and are able to advise clients on the possible future changes to the law.

March 2014

The process of overhauling Australia's privacy laws, which began some 15 months ago, has come full circle with a new privacy regime to commence on 12 March 2014. Among the many amendments are a series of key changes that we think will have the greatest impact on our clients.

12 December 2013

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued for public consultation the final tranche of draft Guidelines for the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which are set to commence on 12 March 2014. The second tranche discusses APPs 12-13, or Part  5 of the personal information lifecycle - Access to and correction of personal information. This white paper analyses the final tranche in detail including key concepts, applications and exemptions for each of the APPs and outlines the Privacy Commissioner's intended approach to compliance with the new regime.

9 October 2013

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued for public consultation the second of three tranches of draft Guidelines for the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which are set to commence on 12 March 2014. The second tranche discusses APPs 6 to 11, or Parts 3 and 4 of the personal information lifecycle. This white paper analyses the second tranche in detail including key concepts, applications and exemptions for each of the APPs. 

20 September 2013

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued for consultation the second of three tranches of draft Guidelines for the new Australian Privacy Principles. This tranche provides guidance on APPs 6 to 11.

16 September 2013

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner  has issued for public consultation the first of three tranches of draft Guidelines for the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). This white paper explains why the draft guidelines are important and analyses the first tranche in detail including key concepts within the APPs, APPs 1 to 5, and the exceptions to the APPs for permitted health situations and permitted general situations.