Australia's OAIC releases draft big data rules

Staff writer
26 May 2016
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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is seeking public comment, accepting until July 25, on the draft “Guide to big data and the Australian Privacy Principles.”

The OAIC developed the draft guide to facilitate big data activities while protecting personal information.

The draft guide outlines key privacy requirements and encourages the implementation of the Privacy Management Framework. Taking this approach will embed “privacy by design” in entities’ culture, systems and initiatives from the design stage onwards.

The guide is intended for use by entities covered by the Privacy Act 1988. It may also be useful as a model for better personal information handling practice for organizations not subject to the Privacy Act.

Many big data privacy challenges are addressed in this guide, including notice and consent, collection and retention minimization, as well as use limitation. Submissions can be made to [email protected] or GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001.

The OAIC will publish submissions on its website, unless asked for it to be kept confidential. While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred.

The OAIC will use the personal information it collects in the course of this consultation for the purpose of finalizing the guidance.

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