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Calabash Solutions Submission to the Privacy Act Review Issues Paper


On 12 December 2019, the Attorney-General announced that the Australian Government would conduct a review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) “to ensure privacy settings empower consumer, protect their data and best serve the Australian economy”.

Members of the public, businesses, non-profit organisations and public sector agencies were invited to make submission against the Privacy Act Review Issues Paper (Issues Paper) which outlines the current law and seeks feedback on potential issues relevant to reform.

Calabash Solution’s submission to the Issues Paper focused on:

  • Objectives of the Privacy Act
  • Definition of personal information
  • Small business exemption
  • Political party exemption
  • Journalism exemption
  • Notice of Collection of personal information
  • Consent to collection and use and disclosure of personal information
  • Control and security of personal information
  • Overseas data flows and third-party certification
  • Enforcement powers under the Privacy Act and role of the OAIC
  • Direct right of action
  • Notifiable Data Breaches scheme – impact and effectiveness