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Privacy Awareness Week runs from 13 to 19 May 2019

Privacy Awareness Week 2019 

Exploring the next 20 years of privacy challenges 

Publication date: Monday, 13 May 2019

Privacy Awareness Week is a global campaign hosted each year in NSW by the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) to highlight the importance of privacy and to raise awareness of privacy rights and obligations for NSW citizens and NSW public sector agencies. 

This year’s theme is 'Privacy in NSW – the next 20 years: Protection, Consent & Digital Government'. The focus is on current and emerging privacy challenges, with the NSW Privacy Commissioner, Ms Samantha Gavel, reflecting on the past 20 years and how much things have changed for the privacy agenda.

“When the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act was developed twenty years ago, privacy challenges were limited to data protection on 3.5 inch floppy disks. In the next 20 years, we can only begin to predict what issues might arise with new technologies,” said Ms Gavel. 

“As these new issues emerge, practices such as proactive reporting of data breaches help promote an organisational culture of privacy protection. It is therefore crucial to implement robust settings and have the right privacy protections in place. This involves addressing any new challenges and technologies whilst building trust in digital government.”

For more information about Privacy Awareness Week NSW and the IPC’s key events for NSW citizens and NSW public sector agencies, visit the IPC's website.