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  • OVIC publishes examination report into digital learning tools at Victorian government schools

    While digital learning tools present valuable opportunities for the Victorian education system, these technologies can pose privacy risks. Information Commissioner Sven Bluemmel has published a report on an examination into the use of digital learning tools in Victorian government primary…

  • Application for public interest determination – Victoria Police and Department of Justice and Community Safety

    Notice pursuant to section 29(4) of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 Information Commissioner may make a determination On 25 June 2020, Victoria Police and the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) applied to the Information Commissioner (the…

  • COVID-19 response from Australian privacy regulators

    Australian privacy regulators have convened a National COVID-19 Privacy Team between the Office of the Australian Commissioner (OAIC) and states and territories with privacy laws to respond to proposals with national implications. Read the joint statement.

  • OVIC has implemented its Business Continuity Plan in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

    OVIC has activated its Business Continuity Plan in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), and OVIC staff are working remotely to ensure the risk of exposure to staff is minimised, and to reduce the health risk to all Victorians. OVIC’s primary concern…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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