The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued the final draft guidelines detailing how it will interpret and apply the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) when exercising its functions under the amendments to the Privacy Act which come into effect on 12 March 2014.

The third and final tranche of draft guidelines can be accessed here

The APPs are principle based and have legislative force.  The consultation period is an opportunity for entities that are subject to the Privacy Act (Cth) 1988 to understand how the changes with impact them and make submissions on any changes to the guidelines.

The OAIC is seeking feedback on the following:

APP 12 – access to personal information

APP 13 – correction of personal information

The OAIC has developed an interpretation of what it considers ‘use’ of personal information and subsequently what it considers ‘disclosure’ of personal information.  This interpretation has been included in the draft interpretation of APP12 and 13.

The closing date for comments on the final tranche of the APPs is Monday 16 December 2013.