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OPC Releases Announcements on Current Issues

PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

May 21, 2010

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has issued several announcements related to current and recent cases and issues. Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis has published eight new case notes involving issues related to the interpretation of the Privacy Act or associated legislation. The commissioner has also released information aimed at helping agencies and organisations better understand how to handle personal data during declared emergencies and disasters. In addition, Curtis has issued a Temporary Public Interest Determination (TPID) to allow the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to disclose a limited set of specific personal information about current and former student visa holders to all police jurisdictions and the Australian Institute of Criminology to compile a report about the victimisation rate of international students. "Significant privacy protections have been included in the TPID," she said.
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