What is personal information?
Under the Privacy Act there is a long winded definition as to what constitutes ‘personal information’. But the Readers Digest condensed version is that personal information is your name (that one was sort of obvious), signature, address, email address, credit card information, telephone number, date of birth, medical records, bank account details and commentary or opinion about a person.
How do you comply with Australian privacy laws?
- You need to be able to respond to individuals who request details about what information you hold, how you use it and if you have shared it with others.
- Include details about the kind of personal information you collect, how you collect that information and how you hold that information;
- Explain how the personal information is used;
- Advise how an individual may complain about access to the information and make corrections to any personal information; and
- Indicate whether the information is likely to be disclosed to overseas recipients.
Prime examples of businesses that collect personal information are Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.
So, when we sign up to a Facebook account, we agree for Facebook to store the personal information that we provide to it, such as our name, date of birth, mobile number and our relationship status. Now, customers or clients will probably be wondering why on earth would Facebook want to use this information? Well, Facebook could use it for a variety of reasons, such as for market research or for demographic information or marketing purposes.
Are privacy policies easy to draft/make?