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NSW Privacy Commission launches Governance Framework

by Justin Hendry •
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A framework to assist the management of privacy in the development of IT systems and essential business processes has been launched by the NSW Privacy Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Coombs.

The Privacy Governance Framework covers the NSW public sector administration of personal information and will aid agencies comply with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act).

The PPIP Act regulates how NSW public sector agencies, statutory authorities, universities, local councils and other bodies collect, process, store, share or dispose of information pertaining to individuals.

“The goal of the Privacy Governance Framework is to embed sound privacy practices in the management of NSW public sector bodies to ensure personal information collected from the NSW community is protected, ” said Dr Elizabeth Coombs, Privacy Commissioner.

The online privacy tool will enable agencies to more easily navigate the privacy legislation and embed privacy practices in pre-existing organisational processes. This ‘privacy by design’ approach tailors privacy management towards individual agencies, depending on their specific sector.The framework has been designed and organised for use by CEOs and senior executives. It encompasses leadership, accountability and a program for the implementation of privacy strategies.

Dr Coombs launched the Framework at the International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ Summit in Sydney earlier this week. Visiting delegates reacted positively to the Framework. 

“This guide to governance will assist the CEOs to implement a privacy approach that is proactive rather than reactive,” said Allan Chiang, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong.

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