Issue No 7:  20 March 2017



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Comms Essentials – Privacy Legislation

Thursday 23 March 2017

Timothy Pilgrim PSM, Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner, now speaking.


This Communications Alliance Comms Essentials seminar will focus on the recent changes (proposed and effective) to privacy legislation and what the changes mean for telecommunications providers. It will also provide a brief update on developments around the Data Retention Regime and the access to retained data in civil proceedings.

On 23 February 2017, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill received Royal Assent with the new provisions becoming effective on 23 February 2018. The new law constitutes a significant change for providers as it requires them to give notice to the Australian Information Commissioner and affected individuals of an eligible data breach. The seminar will examine the new law and consider some of the ‘tricky issues’ such as the requirement to investigate suspected breaches or the threshold for causing ‘serious harm’, including emotional harm. The new requirements are especially important against the background of the Data Retention Regime which becomes fully effective on 13 April this year.

In addition to the Notifiable Data Breaches Bill, the seminar will provide insights into the Privacy Amendment (Re identification Offence) Bill 2016 which is now before the Senate. This Bill is set to amend the Privacy Act to prohibit conduct (and make it a punishable criminal or civil offence) related to the re-identification of de-identified personal information published or released by Commonwealth entities.

Who should attend:

Communications Alliance members and other stakeholders


“Data Retention Update”
Speaker: Christiane Gillespie-Jones, Director Program Management, Communications Alliance

“Notifiable Breaches Bill and Re-Identification Offence Bill – Legal Overview”
Speaker: Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

“Data Breaches – Investigation, Remediation, Notification – Real Life Considerations”
Speaker: Jason Holandsjo, Chief Privacy Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Telstra

“Notifiable Breaches – An OAIC Perspective”
Speaker: Timothy Pilgrim PSM, Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner

Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance

When: Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Where: Sydney - Baker & McKenzie, Level 27, AMP Centre, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney
Melbourne - Baker & McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street, Melbourne is a video link to Sydney
Register: Here

OAIC Releases Self-Assessment Tool to Prepare for the Obligations Under the Data Retention Scheme

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released a self-assessment tool to assist organisations like yours to prepare for the full commencement of the data retention scheme (DRS). As part of the OAIC’s approach to the DRS of offering guidance on its privacy impacts, this self-assessment tool will enable your organisation to consider your information handling arrangements against the Australian Privacy Principles, in time for any adjustments that may be required prior to 13 April 2017. While completing the self-assessment is a voluntary exercise, the OAIC strongly encourages you to test your compliance using this tool. The OAIC will be available to provide feedback and guidance on the results of your self-assessment, should you wish to further discuss them, or your privacy obligations in relation to the DRS.

CeBIT 2017

When: 23 – 25 May 2017
Where: International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour, Sydney

CeBIT Australia is Australasia’s largest business technology event, and in 2017 it will be taking place in the brand new International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour Sydney.

This year’s program features conferences covering the latest in Big Data and Analytics, Cybersecurity, Cloud Technology, FinTech, Enterprise Mobility, Digital Health and eGovernment.

Receive $100 off our 3 Day Conference Pass or a 1 Day Conference Pass with the promo code CA17.

View the program here or register here

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