30 August 2018

Privacy Law Update 2018

In this update we take a look at some of the notable developments that have captured the attention of privacy law enthusiasts in Australia over the past 12 months.

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the federal Privacy Act and, befitting this anniversary, the past year has seen a number of significant developments in this area of law both in Australia and around the world. These include the commencement of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and, closer to home, the long-awaited implementation of a mandatory notifiable data breach scheme in Australia.

More generally, there is increasing recognition that protection of privacy is a key public policy issue, and continued scrutiny from media and public alike has pushed privacy compliance higher on the agenda for many organisations in Australia. Data governance, cyber security and privacy are increasingly accepted as issues deserving of board-level attention for Australian companies.

We hope that this publication helps provide some useful background to the year that was in privacy law. If you would like to understand how any of the issues discussed below may affect your organisation, please get in touch with one of KWM’s privacy experts.

Is your business thinking about how to prepare for the future of privacy, now? We recently hosted a Future of Privacy panel event in both Sydney and Melbourne. Have a look at the key takeaways in this article. We outline 3 practical ways organisations can prepare for the future of privacy.


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