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  • 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…

  • Public Access Agency Reference Group meeting minutes

    The Reference Group had its first regular meeting for 2019 in March. View the minutes here.

  • Privacy Authorities Australia Joint Statement on Complaint and Enforcement Cooperation

    On 2 April 2019, Information Commissioner, Sven Bluemmel and Deputy Commissioner, Rachel Dixon along with OVIC staff attended the Privacy Authorities Australia (PAA) meeting. PAA is a meeting of Australian Privacy Commissioners and other Privacy Authorities. OVIC proposed that PAA…

  • February 2019 Newsletter

    In the February newsletter: Association of Information Access Commissioners meeting, New Zealand The Information Privacy Principle Guidelines – provide your feedback Handy FOI hints Six recent VCAT decisions on FOI Add Privacy Awareness Week 2019 to your calendar Register for…

  • Public Access Agency Reference Group meeting minutes

    The reference group had its third meeting for 2018 in November. View the minutes here.

  • Professional standards

    Part IB of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) gives the Information Commissioner the power to develop professional standards relating to the conduct of agencies and how they administer and apply the FOI Act. The professional standards…

  • Temporary public interest determination

    On 16 January 2019, the Information Commissioner made a temporary public interest determination (TPID), following receipt of an application from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Health and Human Services. The TPID relates to the secondary…

  • Notice of application for temporary public interest determination

    On 9 January 2019, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health and Human Services applied to the Information Commissioner for a temporary public interest determination. Under s 38(4) of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, the…

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