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Audio interview

21 Mar 2018

Chances are you or your partner, kids or friends have a Facebook account. So how safe is your information, following the recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica?

Audio interview

20 Mar 2018

"There needs to be a complete rethink of the way we allow political parties to operate," says the Chair of Digital Rights Watch, Tim Norton.


6 Mar 2018

The federal government's plans to store our biometric data are currently going through parliament. The data could reveal more than we'd like to those who seek to access the information.

Discussion paper

26 Feb 2018

The ACCC encourages submissions responding to this issues paper from market participants, including media content creators/journalists, media outlets, digital platforms, advertisers, consumers, small businesses and industry associations.

Discussion paper

21 Feb 2018

This paper provides a broad overview of the nature of data linkage, highlights possible uses in the VET sector and reviews key challenges data linkage presents as a research methodology. Using the insights gained from past data linkage projects and taking into account the privacy...


A guide to managing data breaches in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
19 Feb 2018

This guide aims to assist you in developing and implementing an effective data breach response. It outlines the requirements relating to data breaches in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act), including personal information security requirements and the mandatory data breach reporting obligations of the...

Annual Report

16 Feb 2018

The Australian government has released this response to the independent review, agreeing without qualification to thirteen recommendations and agreeing in-principle to the remaining recommendation. The response also acknowledges the excellent work of Professor Peter Shergold and the review panel.

Other text

30 Jan 2018

Privacy and security are both areas of major importance to civil society, so we must ask when does national security surveillance go too far and erode our civil liberties?


30 Jan 2018

This report is the product of a unique joint review of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012 (the Act) conducted by the Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice.

Research report

8 Jan 2018

This paper reveals findings from the research project around understanding and rethinking what ‘privacy’ means to individuals and IoT designers/developers in the realm of increasing digital connectivity.

Annual Report

29 Nov 2017

This report outlines how advising government agencies on new uses of personal information formed a significant proportion of the Privacy Commissioner's work this year.


7 Nov 2017

These interim guidelines describe the circumstances where the EPA may use unmanned aircraft (including drones) for regulatory functions, and discusses the appropriate balance between safety, privacy and efficiency.

Research report

12 Oct 2017

This report attempts to address recent evolutions in the fast-paced field of coordinating and harmonising social protection programs, and provides practical guidance for policymakers and practitioners grappling with the issue.


18 Sep 2017

This report argues that we need to think about data differently - moving away from ideas of data as a commodity to be bought and sold, and more as a common good that can deliver significant personal and public benefits.

Research report

15 Sep 2017

This paper provides an overview of the Victorian Protective Data Security Framework and its role in protecting information held by Victorian government agencies, as well as a background of the global and domestic developments in this area.


Can the Australian Bureau of Statistics be trusted with voters’ data?
21 Aug 2017

By putting the Australian Bureau of Statistics in charge of the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey, the Australian Government is failing to learn from its previous privacy blunders, Monique Mann writes.


The Electronic Frontier Foundations's seventh annual report on online service providers’ privacy and transparency practices regarding government access to user data
10 Jul 2017

While many technology companies continue to step up their privacy game by adopting best practices to protect sensitive customer information when the government demands user data, telecommunications companies are failing to prioritise user privacy when the government comes knocking.

Policy report

7 Jul 2017

Provides an evaluation of privacy and other risks associated with integrating data in this official New Zealand project

Audio interview

15 Jun 2017

The United Nation's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, Professor Joe Cannataci, says governments are using terrorism as a pretext, and wants to regulate government surveillance of citizens.