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  • New child information sharing scheme for Victoria

    On 27 September 2018, a new child information sharing scheme (the scheme) came into effect in Victoria. From this date, organisations and services prescribed as ‘information sharing entities’ or ‘restricted information sharing entities’ under the Child and Wellbeing Safety (Information…

  • Privacy: A year in review

    As we approach the end of 2018, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on what has certainly been a big year for privacy and for OVIC. Throughout the year, we have continued to promote an awareness of privacy,…

  • Event recap: inaugural Victorian Privacy Network meeting

    In October 2018, OVIC re-established the Victorian Privacy Network to bring together privacy and information management professionals across Victoria. The first meeting took place on 21 November 2018 in the Melbourne CBD, attracting a fantastic turnout of people attending in…

  • International Human Rights Day 2018

    Every year on 10 December, Human Rights Day is celebrated globally. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, first adopted in Paris in 1948. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration as a…

  • Event recap: iappANZ 2018 Summit

    From left to right: Sven Bluemmel, Angelene Falk, John Edwards, Richard Bean (moderator) Earlier this month, on 1 November 2018, the International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ (iappANZ) hosted the iappANZ Summit 2018 in Melbourne. The Summit explored emerging trends…

  • Event recap – Public Forum ‘Freedom of Information in Australia: Towards Best Practice or Insignificance?’

    In the week leading up to International Right to Know Day (celebrated on 28 September), the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) participated in a number of events to celebrate and promote individuals’ right to access government-held information. One…

  • Event recap: Consent public forum

    2018 has been a big year for privacy, both internationally and here in Australia. The flurry of emails that we all received asking us to agree to new privacy policies and terms and conditions following the introduction of the General…

  • Constructive approaches to conciliations at OVIC

    Recently at OVIC we’ve been thinking about what makes for a good conciliation. No two conciliations are the same, and the flexibility of the process is one of the main benefits that it offers. However, all good conciliations have some…

  • Now you track me, now you don’t

    Online tracking is a common practice, and it is something most of us are aware of and likely accept, albeit perhaps grudgingly. Some organisations may track users online in order to gain insight into how their websites are used, with…

  • Privacy-enhancing information sharing: Practical tips from the Commissioner

    Information sharing has been a significant issue for the Victorian public sector over the past few years. We have recently seen a number of new laws and programs implemented to enable easier, more efficient information sharing across government, such as…

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