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  • 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…

  • Artificial intelligence and privacy issues paper

    There is little doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic, and increasingly so with every new AI technology or application that makes its debut into the world. For the most part, the public’s interaction or experience with AI…

  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Changing privacy law landscape

    Today marks the enforcement day of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR significantly changes the privacy law landscape, implementing strict, prescriptive obligations for data controllers and processers, both in the EU and extra-territorially. The GDPR modernises privacy…

  • Event recap: Privacy debate

    On Friday 11 May 2018, as the grand finale to Privacy Awareness Week, the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) held its second public forum for the year in the form a debate. The topic for the debate was,…

  • Privacy Awareness Week blog series: Creativity competition winners

    As part of Privacy Awareness Week 2018, the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) ran its second creativity competition. We sought entries from the general public, asking them to put a creative spin on privacy and show us what…

  • Privacy Awareness Week blog series: From principles to practice

    Privacy is often a somewhat abstract thing. It’s very real when our own privacy has been breached. But at other times it’s a right we may take for granted. People often trade their privacy for some perceived benefit – for…

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