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Australia Introduces Mandatory Data Breach Notification Laws

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Chris Ball

Tech writer, Emerging IT

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The laws that determine the way data is managed by an organisation are changing. 

In Australia, if you store personal information, such as customer data, it’s expected you’ll make a reasonable effort to keep that personal information safe and private.  

From February 22 next year, organisations with turnover above $3 million, health providers, credit providers and other select businesses, must convey any eligible data breach to the Office of the Information Commissioner, and also notify the affected individual, as soon as possible.      

What's a data breach?

A breach occurs when personal information is lost or subjected to unauthorised access, modification, disclosure, or other misuse or interference. Examples include:

  • device containing customers personal information is lost or stolen;
  • database containing personal information is hacked;
  • personal information is mistakenly provided to the wrong person.

If you’d like to learn more, visit the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

 

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