Is your business ready for the Privacy Act changes?

As of March 2014, changes to the Australian Privacy Act that aim to better protect consumers’ personally identifiable information and prevent it falling into the wrong hands, will affect how your business manages and handles customer information.


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As of March 2014, changes to the Australian Privacy Act that aim to better protect consumers’ personally identifiable information and prevent it falling into the wrong hands, will affect how your business manages and handles customer information.

A recent McAfee survey found that 59 per cent of employees responsible for managing the personal information of customers were unaware or unsure of these changes to the Australian Privacy Act, which could result in significant penalties for organisations and individuals if they are found to have not adequately protected customer data after a data breach. Importantly, organisations conducting operations in Australia – and collecting personal information – will also need to have a clearly expressed and up-to-date privacy policy. Until recently, this has been voluntary for Australian businesses. 

Ensuring privacy and security of customer data is complex and understanding your organisation’s exposure to risk is the first step toward being prepared to comply with the new laws. Using the McAfee Risk Assessment Model, McAfee can work closely with you to implement a solution that helps your organisation get instant visibility into the issues that matter most. 

To meet the March 2014 deadline, you need to start thinking about these issues now, so they can be factored into future business decisions and integrated into existing procedures. Good Privacy means good business, so ensure you don’t become a victim by taking action today. To discuss your privacy needs, call McAfee on 1800 073 267 or visit www.mcafee.com/au.

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