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  • OVIC publishes updated Guidelines to the Information Privacy Principles

    OVIC has published updated Guidelines to the Information Privacy Principles. The updated Guidelines reflect the significant changes that have occurred in the privacy space since 2011, when the guidance was last updated. The Guidelines have also been converted to a…

  • Information Commissioner issues updated Victorian Protective Data Security Standards

    Following the 2018 submissions of the first Protective Data Security Plans (PDSP) by Victorian public sector organisations, OVIC’s Information Security Unit (ISU) completed a comprehensive review of the Victorian Protective Data Security Framework and Standards. As part of this review, the…

  • OVIC 2018-19 annual report now published

    OVIC’s 2018-19 annual report was tabled in Victorian Parliament on Thursday 17 October. The annual report highlights key milestones for 2018-19 across freedom of information, privacy and data protection. By addressing new and complex challenges in 2018-19, OVIC had the…

  • United Nations General Assembly proclaims 28 September International Day for Universal Access to Information

    On 16 October 2019 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to proclaim 28 September the International Day for Universal Access to Information. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, SR. of Liberia introduced the draft resolution, stating that access to information is…

  • FOI Professional standards tabled in Parliament

    On Wednesday 11 September 2019 the Professional Standards (Standards) were published in a special edition of the Government Gazette. The Standards were subsequently tabled in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council on Thursday 12 September 2019. The Standards will commence…

  • Access to information builds trust in government

    Op-ed by Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner We often hear that trust in government institutions is in decline. While the situation in Australia is better than in many countries, we are not immune. The harm that can result from this…

  • OVIC publishes e-book exploring technical, social and legal aspects of AI

    The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) has published an e-book on AI titled Closer to the Machine: Technical, social and legal aspects of AI. The book was co-authored by eight experts in the AI field and is available…

  • Information Commissioner investigates breach of myki users’ privacy

    The Information Commissioner has published an investigation report into the release of myki data by Public Transport Victoria (PTV), which is now part of the Department of Transport. The report includes recommendations that call for stronger privacy protections for open…

  • Consultation opens for the revision of the Victorian Protective Data Security Standards (VPDSS)

    OVIC has officially commenced the consultation period on the draft Victorian Protective Data Security Standards (Standards). Version 1.0 of the Standards were first issued in 2016 under Parts 4 and 5 of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. The…

  • New Data Breach Guidance Released for PAW 2019

    A data breach can result in harm to impacted individuals including financial loss, identity theft, physical harm, emotional harm and reputational damage. In time for PAW 2019, we have developed updated guidance to assist agencies prepare for and respond to…

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