The A/NSW Privacy Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs has tabled a report in Parliament under section 61C of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 on the legislative scope and interpretation of Employer, Employee, and Agent Responsibilities under privacy legislation.
Section 61C of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act), enables the Privacy Commissioner to make a special report on any matter relating to the functions of the Privacy Commissioner to the Presiding Officer of each House of Parliament.
“NSW privacy legislation has stood the test of time well, but there are gaps in privacy protections.” said Dr Elizabeth Coombs, A/NSW Privacy Commissioner. “The report addresses two of these gaps – that is, protections available to individuals when public or private sector employees covered by the legislation intentionally breach privacy requirements, and when contractors to the public sector do not handle personal information lawfully”
The recommendations focus on updating legislation to close these gaps and will, if adopted, better secure the privacy rights of individuals in the NSW community.