Introducing Mandatory Notification Laws in Australia

Mandatory Data Breach Notifications and Your Business

The Federal Government has recently passed the Bill which will make mandatory data breach notifications a legal obligation for organisations with responsibilities under the Privacy Act. Organisations that may comply with the legislation included businesses with over $3 million in turnover and smaller firms that handle sensitive information such as tax files numbers and health records.

If your organisation fits into the above description, you will need to report any eligible data breaches to the Australian Privacy and Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, and notify customers who may have been affected.

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In the meantime, businesses should continue to take reasonable steps to make sure personal information is held securely – including being equipped with a clear response plan in the event of a data breach. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has developed a  Data breach notification — a guide to handling personal information security and Guide to developing a data breach response plan provide a best practice model, and will be updated in consultation with stakeholders ahead of the commencement of the mandatory notification scheme.

For more information or to discuss how mandatory data breach notifications will affect your business, please contact us on 1300 880 494 or e-mail us at [email protected].

Megan O’Rourke, Special Counsel at Barry Nilsson’s Insurance & Health Group has also provided her insight into the new laws and it’s effects on Australian businesses. Click here to view her article.

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