Information is everywhere and the collection of data is becoming increasingly easier. Even if your business unintentionally collects information with no plans to use or deal with it in any way, it is important to understand your obligations once the information does come your way. Sure, you’ve read your way through the Australian Privacy Principles, and theoretically you understand what you have to do. But how can you proactively ensure that your business complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)?
Develop a Privacy Manual
Establish some barriers
There are some practical methods to ensure compliance with the Australian Privacy Principles. This can range from limiting access to personal information to those who need it to perform their everyday tasks. This can also include the proper disposal of personal information if you have no plans to use it. By ensuring you have properly destroyed personal information, you lessen the likelihood of external third parties of gaining access to this information.
Inform Your Customers
Whatever your business does, it is likely that you will have a level of access to your customers’ personal information. By keeping the above pointers in mind, you will be more equipped at addressing privacy issues in your organisation. If you are unsure of your privacy obligations or what your organisation needs to do to comply with the Privacy Act, speak to LegalVision’s experienced team of online lawyers.