​PRIVACY PROTECTION IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS

Published date: Wednesday 9 May 2018

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Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) takes on a greater significance each year as technology evolves and people place more personal information online, Attorney General Mark Speakman said today.

“As we conduct an increasing amount of business and socialising online, we must be vigilant about reviewing social media privacy settings, choosing complex passwords and taking care when using public computers to access personal information.”

“PAW reminds us of the importance of safeguarding our privacy, particularly as new technology enables faster and easier collection, analysis and sharing of information,” Mr Speakman said.

Mr Speakman opened an Information and Privacy Commission event in Sydney today that brought together leaders in privacy protection and the law.

Speakers included NSW Privacy Commissioner Samantha Gavel, NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer Dr Maria Milosavljevic, Chair of the Law Society of NSW’s Privacy and Communications Committee Peter Leonard and Microsoft Australia’s Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs Tom Daemen.

Mr Speakman said the NSW Government is aware of the need for legislation to evolve with technology in our rapidly changing world.

“The NSW Government’s intimate image-based abuse reforms were introduced in 2017 to enable courts to penalise the non-consensual sharing of intimate images with sentences including terms of imprisonment.”

“In addition, the NSW Law Reform Commission is conducting a review of laws that affect access to a person’s social media accounts and digital assets after they die or become incapacitated.” 

Privacy Awareness Week runs from 7 to 13 May. This year’s theme is Privacy in the Digital Age. For more information about privacy protection, visit www.ipc.nsw.gov.au.