Privacy Awareness Week is an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), of which the Information and Privacy Commission NSW is a member. APPA is the principal forum for privacy authorities in the Asia Pacific Region to form partnerships and exchange ideas about privacy regulation, new technologies and the management of privacy enquiries and complaints.
Mobilise your privacy!
This year, Privacy Awareness Week is about staying safe online, particularly when it comes to your personal information. With the popularity of smartphones and downloading mobile apps on the rise it is important to know how to keep your personal information private.
To help you to protect your privacy, it pays to remember your ABCs of privacy protection:
A – ALWAYS check what information a mobile app is collecting and why
B – BE AWARE of apps that share information online
C – CHECK the reviews before you download a mobile app
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Visit our resources below to download a selection of "Mobilise your privacy" posters.
The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) have also developed some clever tips to follow to safeguard your personal information when using mobile apps. These can be downloaded from the APPA website.
Have you checked your privacy settings lately?
With social media now one of the most popular ways for people to interact online and stay in touch, these days most of us know how to 'like' a picture or comment, 'tweet' our thoughts to followers and 'link in' to colleagues and networks. But how long has it been since you checked out the privacy policies and your privacy settings on sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram?
Privacy Awareness Week is great time to make your online privacy a priority. To assist you in protecting your privacy, check out our tips for effective privacy online here.
What are my privacy rights?
NSW privacy legislation has been put in place to protect your privacy rights in NSW by making sure that your personal information is properly collected, stored, used or released by NSW public sector agencies and health service providers.
To find out more about your rights under NSW privacy laws, click here.
Your say: what you said about accessing your personal information
In February 2014, the Information and Privacy Commission NSW commenced a state-wide community survey to find out what the NSW public had to say about privacy, with the focus on accessing personal and health information.
Click here to download the results, and visit our privacy resources for more information on how to access your personal and health information.
...And stay tuned for a range of new resources available later in 2014.
Privacy for parents, kids and teachers
Privacy is something we should care about at every age.
Check out our tips and resources for parents, teens, children and teachers, and visit our resources below to download our brand new Keep your kids safe online – a guide for parents and teachers.
Promote privacy in your workplace
The privacy checklist
Privacy Awareness Week is an opportunity to review your organisation's privacy practices and to design effective privacy processes into new projects and services.
Download our Privacy checklist for NSW public sector agency staff to assist you and other staff in your organisation in complying with NSW privacy legislation.
Write about it
Consider publishing an article about privacy, or put our Privacy checklist on your organisation's intranet or in the staff newsletter to promote effective privacy practices across the business.
Talk about it
Get people talking and send an email to all staff at the beginning of Privacy Awareness Week explaining the aims of the week and reminding people of their privacy responsibilities. If possible, have your Department Secretary, CEO or agency head distribute this email as a way of showing your organisation's commitment to good privacy practices.
Read about it
Display posters for Privacy Awareness Week around your office and provide privacy materials in your office's staff area. The IPC has a range of resources available to download.
Be privacy savvy
Prepare a log-in screen for your organisation's computers containing messages reminding staff of the importance of privacy.
Privacy in practice
Hold a training session on privacy. This could be a detailed training session or simple information session outlining issues around collection or security of personal information, and the processes to follow when people request access to their personal information. The IPC also has a number of privacy training resources online to support your activities.
Privacy Awareness Week resources
- A guide to privacy laws in NSW This fact sheet provides simple content about NSW privacy legislation and flow charts explaining the privacy complaint process.
- What do your privacy settings say about you? This one-page fact sheet offers quick tips for improving your online privacy.
- Mobile apps: the ABCs of privacy protection A one-page fact sheet for service users that provides important things to remember when downloading mobile apps.
- Mobile apps: know the risks – for organisations A one-page fact sheet containing a checklist for staff to use when reviewing the privacy protections of mobile apps your organisation uses to provide products and services.
- Keep your kids safe online – a guide for parents and teachers Download this visual guide about keeping children safe online.
- Privacy checklist for NSW public sector agency staff A comprehensive checklist to assist NSW public sector agency staff to comply with NSW privacy laws.
- Your say: accessing personal and health information under NSW privacy laws Check out the results of our recent survey.
- Privacy and you: what you said – infographic The results of our recent privacy survey revealed.
- Privacy Awareness Week 2014 – media release Offers information about the event and how to request an interview with the NSW Privacy Commissioner.
- Privacy Awareness Week 2014 – newsletter content / feature article content Use the free content in this article to develop features and stories about Privacy Awareness Week 2014.
- Privacy experts: staff from the IPC may also be available to speak at your event about ways to protect your privacy. For more information email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mobilise your privacy – posters - Download a selection of posters to celebrate Privacy Awareness Week 2014.
In March 2014 the IPC engaged Woolcott Research & Engagement to undertake an Omnibus Survey to inform resources for the Privacy Awareness Week 2014 campaign. A 'mixed mode' sampling method surveyed 340 people in NSW around the theme of accessing personal information. View the research report here