The OAIC has published a resource for telecommunications carriers and service providers outlining their key privacy obligations when the data retention scheme comes into force on 13 October: http://bit.ly/1MqWpFf
Is your real estate agent allowed to take photos in your house? Watch this for some advice:
Facebook pages claiming to give away Mercedes Benz and Audi cars are the latest in a long line of 'Like and Share' phishing scams. Remember not to share these posts and to report the pages.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is running a free webinar on privacy policies, targeted at GP practices. The webinar will run from 12.30–1.30pm on Tuesday 11 August 2015. Spaces are limited. Click on the link below for more information and to register.
Scam alert: Beware of fake Telstra refund emails.
SCAM ALERT: Fake Telstra refund emails
The ACMA has received hundreds of reports from Australians concerning Telstra refund emails.
These emails are a phishing ...scam designed to trick people into clicking links and giving away personal information.
Here is an example of one of the scam emails in circulation. The subject line is: 'Your Telstra bill for account 2000XXXXXXXXX is refunded'. The sender address was Telstraemailbill_noreply9(at)online.Telstra. com
The scammers have copied real information from Telstra and at first sight it looks legitimate. But there are also obvious signs it is a scam. Can you pick them?
Do not click on the links if you receive an email similar to this and never reply to a suspected phishing email. To learn more about phishing scams and how to protect yourself, visit http://www.acma.gov.au/…/Cybe…/Dont-reply-to-phishing-emails
You can ask for access or corrections to your personal information:
You can complain about the mishandling of your personal info. Find out how...
#Privacy is about protecting info that says who we are, what we think, what we believe
Acting Australian Information Commissioner appointed: On 31 July 2015, Professor John McMillan AO, will formally resign as Australian Information Commissioner to take up his new role as Acting NSW Ombudsman. Professor McMillan will be taking leave from 20 July and Timothy Pilgrim will be acting Australian Information Commissioner from this time.
Mr Pilgrim will carry out the functions and exercise the Commissioner powers under the Privacy Act 1988, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner wishes Professor McMillan well in his new role.