New Australian Privacy Principles: Are You Ready For March 2014?

    August 2013

    In November 2012 the Australian Parliament passed changes to the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). At the time, Squire Sanders provided an update to our clients about these new changes, and what would need to be done to make sure your business is compliant when the new changes come into effect (Amendments to the Australian Privacy Act, December 2012).

    The biggest change to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) is the creation of new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs); a combination of the old Information Privacy Principles, for government, and National Privacy Principles, for business.

    With only seven months to go until the new privacy principles come into effect, we have prepared the following summary of the new APPs so that you can make sure your business is ready for the changes when they come into effect. In particular, make sure you have a privacy policy in place as this goes from being a “nice to have” to a “must have”.