Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsmen around the country appreciate that individuals, organisations and government are facing significant challenges to stop the spread of COVID-19. The use of personal information is part of addressing this public health crisis.
Privacy laws at the State, Territory and Federal level contain mechanisms to permit the exchange of critical information in these circumstances. Those laws also require that personal information is handled in a way that is reasonably necessary to prevent and manage COVID-19 and is protected.
As entities move fast to find solutions to public health and economic problems, Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsmen reiterate the value of conducting short-form Privacy Impact Assessments to help ensure personal information is handled in a way that is necessary, reasonable and proportionate.
We have convened a National COVID-19 Privacy Team between the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and states and territories with privacy laws to respond to proposals with national implications.
Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner
Information Commissioner, Victoria
Privacy Commissioner, New South Wales
Information Commissioner, Queensland
Privacy Commissioner, Queensland
Information Commissioner, Northern Territory
Director, State Records, Privacy Committee of South Australia
More information on conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment can be found in the OAIC’s new Assessing privacy risks in changed working environments guidance, their 10-step PIA poster, Guide to Undertaking Privacy Impact Assessments and e-learning course Undertaking a Privacy Impact Assessment