Privacy Awareness Week is an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), of which the Information and Privacy Commission NSW is a member. APPA is the principal forum for privacy authorities in the Asia Pacific Region to form partnerships and exchange ideas about privacy regulation, new technologies and the management of privacy enquiries and complaints.
Privacy Matters @ Any Age
This year's Privacy Awareness Week theme is about protecting your personal information online, no matter your age. With the popularity of smartphones, mobile apps and using online services on the rise it is important to know what privacy settings are available and help keep you safe and informed.
Getting involved in 2015
PAW is a great opportunity to spread the privacy message in your workplace. Here are some ideas:
Put this banner on your website and link to the IPC PAW resources through this link: http://www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/privacy-awareness-week-2015
Host an event
Host a privacy event and tell us about it so we can help promote your event through our website or hold a training session for staff to get them thinking about privacy.
Click here to register your event.
Click here to access our new elearning Privacy Complaint Handling module (you will need to register).
Write about it
Consider publishing an article about privacy - Download a suggested news copy for your newsletter or put our Privacy Online Checklist on your organisation's intranet or in the staff newsletter to promote effective privacy practices across the business.
|Download the IPC PAW poster||Download the Privacy Online Checklist|| Download this image to use as your screensaver.
(look out for it on Syd Buses from 27 April 2015)
Be privacy savvy
Prepare a log-in/screensaver/pop-up for your organisation's computers containing messages reminding staff of the importance of protecting your personal information or use the IPC suggested version above.
Talk about it
Get people talking and send an email to all staff at the beginning of Privacy Awareness Week explaining the aims of the week and reminding people of their privacy responsibilities.
Take the Privacy IQ quiz and share it around your organisation: http://myprivacyiq.com/
We had such a positive response to this short privacy quiz that we thought we would provide it again in Privacy Awareness Week. Source: StaySafeOnline.org
Use the hashtag #privacymatters and #2015PAW.
Watch the animation video on privacy issues.
|PAW 2015 Animation.mp4||PAW 2015 - Infographic.mp4|
No explicit permission is required to use these materials however please acknowledge the Information and Privacy Commission New South Wales.
Tweet about PAW. Use this Proposed Twitter schedule for PAW 2015 for agencies.
Share this link to the IPC PAW webpage: http://www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/privacy-awareness-week-2015 through your distribution channels.
What's on in 2015
The NSW Privacy Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs, The Office of Finance and Services and First State Super will host a FREE half-day Privacy Matters forum as part of Privacy Awareness Week 2015.
The forum will bring together leaders, managers and practitioners from across NSW government sectors to discuss why privacy should matter to your organisation (because it does to your customers) and the importance of customer-centred service delivery.
Practical ideas, privacy governance perspectives and technological initiatives such as biometrics will be explored to better inform privacy practices within agencies. The event will promote discussion and assist delegates to share their learnings in the field of privacy protection, information management and implementing a ‘Privacy by Design’ approach to service delivery and organisational processes.
The event program will consist of a keynote address by the NSW Customer Service Commissioner Michael Pratt followed by an expert panel discussion on privacy issues. The discussion will be moderated by Philippa McDonald who will bring her knowledge of contemporary issues concerning the community.
Time: 9am registrations and morning tea, 9:30am start, 11:30am finish
Date: Friday, 8 May 2015
Venue: Museum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
Please note this event is by invitation only
Resources for Public Sector Agencies
- Download our Privacy checklist for NSW public sector agency staff to assist you and other staff in your organisation in complying with NSW privacy legislation.
- Download the Privacy Governance Framework a dynamic online privacy tool designed for “whole of organisation” engagement with the management of personal information.
- Download the checklist for public sector staff responding to a request for access to health information
Resources for the Public
- A guide to privacy laws in NSW This fact sheet provides simple content about NSW privacy legislation and flow charts explaining the privacy complaint process.
- What do your privacy settings say about you? This one-page fact sheet offers quick tips for improving your online privacy.
- Mobile apps: the ABCs of privacy protection A one-page fact sheet for service users that provides important things to remember when downloading mobile apps.
- Mobile apps: know the risks – for organisations A one-page fact sheet containing a checklist for staff to use when reviewing the privacy protections of mobile apps your organisation uses to provide products and services.
- Keep your kids safe online – a guide for parents and teachers Download this visual guide about keeping children safe online.
- Fact sheet - Accessing health information from the private sector
- APPA also has a number of resources available for PAW. Visit http://www.privacyawarenessweek.org/
- Become tech savvy! Learn how by vising The Tech Savvy Seniors program (FaCS)
What are my privacy rights?
NSW privacy legislation has been put in place to protect your privacy rights in NSW by making sure that your personal information is properly collected, stored, used or released by NSW public sector agencies and health service providers.
To find out more about your rights under NSW privacy laws, click here.