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  • New OVIC online learning module: Managing the privacy impacts of data breaches

    The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online learning module, Managing the privacy impacts of data breaches. A data breach occurs when personal information held by a public sector organisation is subject…

  • Event recap: Victorian Privacy Network meeting 9 October 2019

    On 9 October 2019, the Victorian Privacy Network held its second meeting for 2019 at the State Library of Victoria. Privacy professionals from different sectors and organisations in Victoria came together to hear from guest speakers, and it was a…

  • Event recap: Right to Know Day public forum 24 September

    From left to right: Moira Paterson, Monash University; Robin Davey, Victoria Police; Melanie Olynyk, Maddocks Lawyers; Clay Lucas, The Age; Joanne Kummrow, OVIC.  Community expectations and FOI – are they at odds? This question was the topic of this year’s…

  • Report into the culture of FOI in Victoria: key insights

    In 2019 the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) commissioned Associate Professor Johan Lidberg, Monash University, to facilitate a pilot study and produce independent research on the culture of administering the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and…

  • Right to Know Day 2019: FOI tips for the public

    In Victoria the public has a right to request access to government information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). As we celebrate Right to Know Day 2019, it’s important to remember that this right of access is essential…

  • Right to Know Day 2019: FOI tips for agencies

    As we celebrate Right to Know Day 2019, it is important to remember that the right to access government held information is essential for transparency and accountability, and strengthens trust in government. Access to government information also promotes and facilitates…

  • FOI Professional Standards: FAQs

    The Professional Standards (the Standards) were developed under Part IB of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (the Act) and, as a legislative instrument, in accordance with the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 (Vic). On Wednesday 11…

  • Closer to the Machine: Technical, social and legal aspects of AI

    The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has made amazing advancements in recent years. What was once science fiction is now becoming reality. Everything from restaurant recommendations to dental diagnoses are increasingly being powered by AI. But alongside the many benefits…

  • Event recap: Information Access Series – sections 34(1) and 34(4) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982

    On Monday 29 July 2019, OVIC explored sections 34(1) and 34(4) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act), as part of our Information Access seminars. Sections 34(1) and 34(4) Sections 34(1) and 34(4) of the FOI Act…

  • Myki incident- lessons for organisations

    By Annan Boag, Assistant Commissioner, Privacy and Assurance OVIC has published an investigation report about the disclosure of myki travel information by Public Transport Victoria (PTV), now part of the Department of Transport. In this blog post, I summarise some…

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