From March 12 2104 the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) will replace the previous legislated privacy requirements, and we encourage you to review the changes that may affect your website. According to Legal123 the new Australian Privacy Principals are becoming stronger with more restrictions and prescriptions for business.
Be aware this is not the usual yadda yadda with no consequences, as Legal 123 warns, …the Australian regulators have commenced reviewing websites and have been issuing penalties for non-compliant websites. Read more.
- You must notify customers/visitors whether you disclose personal information to overseas organisations
- If you collect “sensitive” personal information you must get active agreement from the customer
- If you collect information that is not directly related to your business you must notify the customer/visitor and obtain their permission
- If you use customer information to direct market you must notify the customer and allow them to ‘opt out’ easily
- You must ensure personal information you have is accurate and up-to-date and protected from mis-use or accidental disclosure, and
- If asked, you must give customers/visitors access to their information within a reasonable period of time.
Read more here about APP at the Office of Australian Information Commissioner
European Privacy Requirements
Does your website’s target market include European countries (including the UK) ?
If so, you should take steps to ensure your website is compliant with the tougher European privacy requirements
Your site is required to provide ‘active’ notification to visitors if it is using cookies.
Succinct Ideas can source and install an Online Business Package that contains website documents:
- Website Disclaimer
- Terms and Conditions
The package also includes a complimentary disclaimer for you to use with your emails.