Australia - OAIC releases consultation draft on Big Data and the APPs
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has invited stakeholders to provide
feedback on its new consultation draft Guide to big data and the Australian Privacy Principles (Draft
Guide). The release of the Draft Guide is timely given that businesses are increasingly looking to
utilise big data in the provision of services and to create innovative product offerings.
The aim of the Draft Guide is to facilitate big data activities across the public and private sectors,
while at the same time protecting personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy
Principles (APPs). To achieve a balanced approach to big data use and privacy protection, the Draft
Guide recommends that APP entities:
1. introduce a holistic approach of 'privacy by design' to embed privacy protection in their
cultures, practices, processes, systems and initiatives;
2. conduct privacy impact assessments as part of their risk management and planning
3. consider whether de-identified information can be used before undertaking any big data
activities involving personal information.
While these points are consistent with previous guidance and statements issued by the OAIC, the
Draft Guide also addresses a range of other big data privacy issues, including notice and consent,
retention minimisation and use limitation.
Stakeholders are invited to make submissions regarding the Draft Guide by 26 July 2016 here.
For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove, Toby Patten or Matthew Dempsey.