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The Privacy act 1988 (Cth)  (the Act) contains 10 National Privacy Principles (NPP's) which regulate the collection, security, use and disclosure of personal information handled by many private and public sector organisations.

In addition to governing regulations and law, breech of privacy also exposes organisation to litigation and compensation claims.

Below is some information and links that may be useful

 

 

   
PRIVATE SECTOR INFORMATION SHEET A – National Privacy Principles:

4. Data Security

4.1 An organisation must take reasonable steps to protect the personal information it holds from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure

4.2 An organisation must take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify

http://www.privacy.gov.au/materials/types/download/8776/6583

PRIVATE SECTOR INFORMATION SHEET A – National Privacy Principles:

Principle 4 –Storage and Security of personal information

A record-keeper who has possession or control of a record that contains personal information shall ensure:

(a) that the record is protected, by such security safeguards as it is reasonable in the circumstances to take, against loss, against unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure, and against other misuse; and

(b) that if it is necessary for the record to be given to a person in connection with the provision of a service of the record keeper, everything reasonably within thde power of the record keeper is done to prevent unauthorised use or disclosure of information contained in the record

http://www.privacy.gov.au/materials/types/download/8704/6541

 
OFFICER OF THE AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER – Protecting information rights/advancing information policy:

People regard health information as one of the most sensitive types of personal information. For this reason, the Privacy Act provides extra protections around the handling of health information.

http://www.privacy.gov.au/topics/health

 
GUIDELINES TO THE NATIONAL PRIVACY PRINCIPLES - NPP 4 Data Security

Pages 44, 45, 46

http://www.privacy.gov.au/materials/types/download/8774/6582

 

PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY – Secure computer disposal – 13

If you are selling or otherwise disposing of your computer, ensure that no personal information remains on your hard drive. Deleting files and emptying the recycle bin or even formatting hard drive on your hard drive will not be enough. Deleted files can be undeleted and formatted hard drives can be recovered. To reduce the risk, you should use a ‘wiping’ or ‘erasing’ software

ID Theft Booklet - Protecting your Identity



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