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Guidelines to the Information Privacy Principles

The former Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner published the Guidelines to the Information Privacy Principles (‘Guidelines’) in 2011.

The Guidelines explain how the Information Privacy Principles (‘Principles’) should be applied.

Update to Guidelines

Throughout 2018 and 2019, OVIC will be updating the Guidelines to reflect developments since 2011. OVIC will also be working to make the Guidelines simpler and easier to use.

You can follow the progress of the Guidelines update on this web page.

Draft guideline chapters available for consultation

OVIC is publishing updated chapters from the guidelines in draft form for comment, as they become available.

The draft chapters are available below:

  • Overview (Update in progress)
  • Key concepts (Version 2019.A, published on 28 February 2019. Comments requested by 3 May 2019)
  • IPP 1: Collection (Update in progress)
  • IPP 2: Use and disclosure (Version 2019.A, published on 28 February 2019, comments requested by 3 May 2019)
  • IPP 3: Data quality (Version 2019.A, published on 28 February 2019, comments requested by 3 May 2019)
  • IPP 4: Data security (Update in progress)
  • IPP 5: Openness (Version 2019.A, published on 28 February 2019, comments requested by 3 May 2019)
  • IPP 6: Access and correction (Update in progress)
  • IPP 7: Unique identifiers (Update in progress)
  • IPP 8: Anonymity (Update in progress)
  • IPP 9: Transborder data flows (Update in progress)
  • IPP 10: Sensitive information (Update in progress)

How you can be involved in updating the Guidelines

OVIC invites you to provide feedback about the draft chapters of the Guidelines. While we would welcome any comment on the Guidelines, you may wish to consider the following questions:

  • Are the draft chapters clear, relevant and practical?
  • Do the draft chapters assist you in understanding and interpreting the IPPs? How could they do so more effectively?
  • Are there any topics that the draft chapters should include that have not been addressed, or that should be covered in greater detail?
  • Are there any examples or case studies you could share to help illustrate the application of the IPPs? Do you think that there is a good balance between case studies and other content in the draft chapters?
  • Are there any particular methods of conveying information that you would like to see more of – for example, case studies, summaries, or checklists?
  • In what other ways could the draft chapters be enhanced?

Please provide any feedback to privacyguidelines@ovic.vic.gov.au.

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