The federal government has introduced changes to the federal privacy legislation. From 12 March 2014 the changes include a set of new privacy principles that will regulate the handling of personal information by businesses and federal Australian government agencies.
NSW Privacy Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Coombs has stressed the importance of public debate around privacy issues and encouraged NSW public sector agencies to ensure they maintain good privacy practices. The Commissioner was interviewed as part of a Four Corners program, screened on 9 September 2013, which raised the issue of NSW Police collecting and storing photographs of number plates.
Under the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act), Human Research Ethics Committees are required to provide a report on their proposals to the NSW Privacy Commissioner. Committees that have not already provided their report for 2012-2013 should do so by 30 December 2013. If you are not familiar with the process please refer to the HRIP Act Statutory Guidelines for guidance.
Under the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act), Human Research Ethics Committees are required to provide a report to the Office of the NSW Privacy Commissioner after 30 June each year.