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  • Event recap: Online safety and privacy forum

    Online safety and privacy is a growing area of concern and interest, especially when it comes to children. With an average of 18 hours per week online, 99% of young people are connected to the internet. On Friday 8 March…

  • 2018 GPEN Sweep: The good, the bad and the takeaway

    Every year, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) coordinates a ‘Sweep’, where data protection and privacy regulators around the world analyse the privacy practices of some of their local organisations. In 2018 a Sweep was conducted by GPEN members on…

  • Information Access Series: Secrecy and Confidentiality in a Time of Openness

    To kick off the Information Access Series for 2019, on 14 February the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner’s (OVIC) legal team delivered an interesting seminar to a sold out room on section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act…

  • Safer Internet Day 2019

    Cast your mind back to the year 2009. Twitter has become mainstream, and Facebook has only just overtaken MySpace (RIP) as the most popular social network platform in the world. The digital landscape was very different 10 years ago. These…

  • Event recap: Data ethics and privacy forum

    Personal information is, and continues to be, increasingly important currency in today’s digital and information economy, so much so that it has been referred to as – arguably – ‘the new gold’. An important part of the value of data…

  • 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…

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