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  • 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…

  • 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…

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