The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued 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 first tranche of draft guidelines can be accessed here.  The OAIC will release a further two tranches in the coming months.

The APPs are principles based, and do not 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 1 – open and transparent management of personal information
  • APP 2 – anonymity and pseudonymity
  • APP 3 – collection of solicited personal information
  • APP 4 – dealing with unsolicited personal information
  • APP 5 – notification of the collection of personal information.

The closing date for comments on the first tranche of the APPs is Friday 20 September 2013.