In March 2014 the latest revisions to the Privacy Act came into being, offering some of the strongest protections Australia has witnessed in relation to privacy laws. This law is in place to protect the personal privacy of not only individuals, but small businesses, corporations, governments and agencies too.
Privacy allows individuals to maintain their autonomy and individuality and also offers a degree of protection at the same time. While it’s part of everyday business to collect details of any number of individuals, it should also be part of everyday business to safeguard this information too.
Businesses rely on people. Whether those individuals are employees or clients, contractors or suppliers, those people trust you to look after the information you have about them. If you lose that trust they’re likely to go somewhere else, and your reputation is going to be badly tarnished.
So what should your legal obligations be? Let’s take a closer look.
Storing personal information
Don’t ignore holding time
Disposal of personal information
Keep track of portable storage devices
Disclosing information on your website
So there you have it! The privacy of employees, individuals, and clients, should never be taken lightly, so if you’re in business you might want to ask yourself the question just how privacy compliant are we?
To find out more the Australian Government Privacy Act website has some great information and resources to help.
If you enjoyed learning more about the importance of proper handling, use and disposal of personal information whilst complying with the Privacy Act, Outsource Institute have an informative course where you can continue your path of self-discovery.
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