Privacy Update: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

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A Warning for Health Service Providers -

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has found that a suburban Melbourne medical practice has breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) by failing to take reasonable steps to secure personal information in its possession.

While the breach occurred during the time that the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) were still in force and the Privacy Commissioner was concerned with breaches under that regime, the investigation report makes it clear that it is imperative that providers of health services (medical practices, dental surgeries, physiotherapists etc) ensure that their document management and privacy practices are compliant with the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).

Please see full update below for more information.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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