Following the recent Asia Pacific Privacy Awareness Week held from 3 – 9 May this year, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released an appraisal on the state of privacy policies in Australia. The OAIC evaluated the privacy policies of various international organisations, including finance, retail, government, and social and other media sectors.
The results provide some indication of where Australian businesses have room to improve on their existing privacy policies.
Satisfying Australian Privacy Principle 1
Some of the key areas of concern included failing to adequately outline:
- how personal information could be accessed and corrected;
- how privacy complaints can be made;
- how personal information would be protected; and
- whether personal information was likely to be sent overseas.
- Tailor to your audience and keep language simple;
- Avoid merely repeating the Australian Privacy Principles;
- Focus on the important information; and
- Consider having more than one policy.
For full details on the OAIC’s findings, see the full article here.