Australia: 'Privacy sweep' identifies issues with privacy policies

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) participated in the global privacy enforcement network's first international privacy sweep. The OAIC has released the results of the sweep which included a review of the privacy policies of almost 50 websites most used by Australians. The review included assessing privacy policies against the new transparency requirements in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) which come into effect on 12 March 2014.

The Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, noted a number of concerns including that 83% of the websites had 'one or more issues in the following areas: 'easy to find', 'easy to read', 'contacts for further information', relevance and length.' The report also identifies issues with accessibility. Mr Pilgrim also took the oppurtunity to remind organisations that, with the changes coming into effect on 12 March 2014, organisations should be reviewing their privacy policies now to ensure compliance with the new requirements.

For more details click here to see the OIAC's media release.

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