New laws came into effect this year in Australia, which updates their Privacy Act to include mandatory data breach notifications (Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017). This means companies who are operating within Australia are now required to notify the Privacy Commissioner if they become aware that any personal data held by them has been accessed by unauthorised parties. Read more about these changes here on the Australian Childcare Alliance site.
What does this mean for you?
Hopefully nothing! However, if we ever suffer a data breach, we are committed to notifying all affected users as well as the relevant privacy commissioners in the countries of users affected, where such a system exists. Moving forward, many countries are investigating following Australia’s example, it is already a requirement in many US states, certain Canadian states, and will come into effect in the EU in May this year.
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