One of the many things that the internet has brought into the awareness of everyone who uses it, is the risk that exists concerning their personal and private data. Whether it be the annoyance of an email address being sent spam, or the trauma of having credit card details stolen and used to make purchases, the risks exist for everyone online.
This is why commercial law makes it abundantly clear that the onus is on those who take, use and store data, to have measures in place to protect it. The most relevant commercial legislation in Australia is the Privacy Act which was introduced in 1998. It is this act which businesses and organisations should comply with, and their privacy policies should make that crystal clear.
Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)
The APPs form the core principles under which the Privacy Act 1998 seeks to protect the data and information of individuals when they provide them to businesses and organisations. They cover specifics such as:
- Collection Of Data
- Use Of Data
- Disclosure Of Data
- Storage Of Data
- Accountability Of The Organisation
- Rights Of Invidious To Access Their Personal Data
Whilst it has these cornerstones, the APPs take account of the fact that no two businesses operate in the same and thus provides a level of flexibility as to how each business implements them. Despite us living in a world of computers and broadband the APPs also do not stipulate what technologies nor the extent of the technologies an entity must use to fulfil their obligation under the Privacy Act.
- Business Name
- Business Address
- What Information Is Collected
- How The Information Is Held
- What Purposes Are For Collecting, Storing, And Using The Information
- How A Person Can Access Their Information
- How A Person Can Seek To Correct Information
- How A Person Can Complain About An Apps Breach
- How The Business. Organization Will Deal With Complaints
- Guarantees That The Information Will Not Be Sold, Rented, Or Spammed
For further information on privacy policies for your business website, speak to a commercial lawyer who will also be able to create one for you.