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.

In our terms of use, we commit to complying with Australian Privacy Principles, this includes the current update and any future updates which we build into our standard policies and practises. We’re also committing to another round of penetration/security tests, to ensure our platform remains secure and we’re offering the best software possible. In line with our values and in pursuit of our purpose, we commit to maintaining the highest possible security and privacy standards, to honour information about children, families, and educators.

 

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Posted by Hilary Cook

Hilary is passionate about not-for-profit organisations and has worked as a volunteer early childhood teacher in Latin America.


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