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Privacy matters @ Any Age

Privacy Awareness Week 2015 (PAW 2015), an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), kicks off in the first week of May (3-9 May 2015). This year NSW is celebrating privacy under the theme Privacy Matters @ Any Age, which highlights the fact that no matter your age, your privacy and the protection of your personal information is important.

"As technology continues to advance, the use of smart devices, mobile apps and online services has become our main mode of transacting, and while it is convenient and fun it's important to remember when using these devices we must protect our personal information," said NSW Privacy Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs.

"During Privacy Awareness Week, as well as every other time of year, I encourage everyone to ask questions about their privacy, such as, how do I find out how to stay safe online, what can I do to protect my privacy and personal information, what laws apply, how do I protect the information of the individuals I am assisting in my work role?

"I am keen to assist the community to feel confident about using the internet while protecting their privacy online. Everyone should have the confidence to communicate digitally," she said.

Privacy Matters Forum, Friday, 8 May 2015 – Museum of Sydney

Dr Coombs is also pleased to announce a partnership with the Office of Finance and Services and First State Super to present the Privacy Matters Forum, a key event during this year's Privacy Awareness Week.

"The Privacy Matters Forum, held on Friday, 8 May 2015 at the Museum of Sydney, brings together leaders, managers and practitioners from across NSW public sector and business to discuss why privacy should matter to your organisation (because it does to your customers!) and the importance of customer-centred service delivery.

Including a keynote address by the NSW Customer Service Commissioner Michael Pratt followed by an expert panel discussion on privacy issues, practical ideas, privacy governance perspectives and technological initiatives such as biometrics will be explored to better inform privacy practices within organisations.

"The event will promote discussion and assist organisations to share their learnings in the field of privacy protection, information management and implementing 'Privacy by Design' approach to service delivery and organisational processes," said Dr Coombs.

Please click here for further details on the Privacy Matters Forum and to register your interest in attending the event – seats are limited email

"To support Privacy Awareness Week 2015 my office has also developed a range of free downloadable resources about protecting your privacy including tips when using social media, and a guide to privacy laws in NSW. I also encourage people to make contact with my office if they are interested in finding out more about privacy in NSW."

All privacy resources can be accessed on the IPC's PAW 2015 web page.

If you have a specific enquiry or need assistance with a privacy issue, please call 1800 472 679 or email