The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued further 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 second tranche of draft guidelines can be accessed here.  The third and final tranche is expected to be issued next month.

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.

Specifically, the OAIC is seeking feedback on the following:

APP 6 - use or disclosure of personal information

APP 7 - direct marketing

APP 8 - cross-border disclosure of personal information

APP 9 - adoption, use or disclosure of government related identifiers

APP 10 - quality of personal information

APP11 - security of personal information.

The closing date for comments on the second tranche of the APPs is Monday 21 October 2013.

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