Privacy tightened

Australian Privacy Principles designed to protect both employers and employees

Privacy tightened
APPs designed to protect both employers and employees

The majority of metropolitan bus operators are likely to be affected by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) which came into effect this week.

The new laws came into effect on March 12 and replace the National Privacy Principles.

The laws effectively tighten which information can be released by Australian Government Agencies and private sector organisations with an annual turnover of more than $3 million annually.

Australian Public Transport Industrial Association National Industrial Relations Manager Ian Macdonald says the principles have been "tightened up" to ensure the privacy of employers and employees.

"It’s all about knowing your personal information isn’t being used against your will," he says.

"It does protect the employer as well as the employee."

MacDonald says the principles are likely to affect many bus operators.

"It would be safe to assume just about every metropolitan operator in the major states will be impacted by it.

"The principles are only really trying to tighten up what would be expected in the workplace."

Some of the implications of the APPs include the open and transparent management of personal information, giving individuals the option of not identifying themselves and outlines and an entity’s obligations when an individual requests to be given access to personal information held about them by the entity.

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