Privacy Awareness Month: Getting involved in 2016

Privacy Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to encourage your organisation's staff to remember their privacy obligations under NSW legislation. Are there any other privacy compliance staff that you work closely with? Consider joining forces to coordinate promotional material and activities for your organisation. 

Think about launching significant new privacy documents this week! Have you developed or updated privacy material, a privacy management plan or privacy policy? Consider launching them during Privacy Awareness Month, May 2016.

Host an event:

If you would like to host an event, tell us about it so we can share it on this webpage and spread the word! Simply email us at with your event name, style, location, date and time, whether it's open to the public, and if attendees need to register provide a link or contact details. We will share your event online.

Get staff involved - write and talk about it:

Get people talking and send an email to all staff at the beginning of Privacy Awareness Month explaining the aims of the month and reminding people of their privacy responsibilities in the workplace. Get your CEO/Secretary or agency head send out this email as a way of showing your organisation's overall commitment to good privacy practice.

How about publishing an article about privacy on your intranet. What are the privacy challenges that the organisation and staff face? How can these challenges be met? Consider also publishing the article in your organisation's newsletter or on the website. How does your organisation effectively address privacy challenges? Put our Privacy and You: Online Checklist on your organisation’s intranet today!

Display it:

Design posters for the event and consider adding your details to advertise your role as your organisation's privacy contact officer. Prepare a log-in screen for all of your organisation's computers that contains messages reminding staff of the importance of privacy. Or why not display one, or all, of the Office of the NSW Privacy Commissioners IPC posters around your office and provide privacy materials in your office breakout areas. Click here to see what resources are available for you to use.

Be privacy aware:

Prepare a log-in/screensaver/pop-up, for your organisation's computers containing messages reminding staff of the importance of protecting your personal information, put some privacy taglines in staff email signatures reminding staff and stakeholders you value privacy or use the IPC suggested version on the resources page.

Talk about it:

Hold a training/information session on privacy. This could be a detailed training session that you schedule during the month, or perhaps just a simple information session outlining issues around collection and security of personal information. Why not get one of the specialists from the Office of the NSW Privacy Commissioner, IPC to come to your office and host a lecture or a morning tea?

Tweet it:

Why not see how much momentum we can generate behind these hashtags: #privacymatters  #PAW2016 and #privacyandyou