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Why CIOs want to concentrate to probably the most important overhaul of Australian privateness regulation in 40 years

Michael Fagan, former chief transformation officer at Village Roadshow, examines the proposed modifications to the Privateness Act and what CIOs in Australia want to concentrate on.

I acquired 7 unsolicited CVs and resumes within the final 12 months, from well-educated and certified individuals, in search of to hitch the organisation the place I used to be working.  Unbeknownst to the senders, they put me prone to breaching one of many 13 Australian Privateness Ideas (APP), regardless of me probably not figuring out these individuals, and by no means asking them for data.  The jobseekers included a various quantity of private data, together with e mail handle, telephone numbers, house handle, work and training historical past, and extra.  One applicant even included {a photograph} and, no lie, their weight. (Though I suppose if I solely weighed 47kg I’d put it on my CV too).  By giving me this private data, they positioned an obligation on me and my organisation to make use of it properly, or danger penalties as much as $1.8m.

In 2024, the federal government has dedicated to strengthening privateness regulation, together with equipping the regulator with extra powers and extra choices to implement – which means that these penalties may very well be even harsher.  The Legal professional Basic’s division spent three years reviewing the 1988 Privateness Act, and launched a report in February 2023 outlining 116 proposals for change.  The Australian Authorities revealed its response in September 2023 agreeing to 38 proposals, “agrees in precept” to 68 proposals (i.e. additional session required to grasp impression and alignment with different opinions like Digital ID, and the Australian Cyber Safety Technique earlier than implementation), and notes the remaining 10.  The report is obtainable right here, and the response right here, and the federal government’s present spherical of session ends 28 March 2024.

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