Privacy Awareness Week 2017

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The National Archives of Australia is a proud partner of Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2017. PAW is an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Privacy Authorities, held every year to promote awareness of privacy issues and the importance of the protection of personal information. This year, PAW is being held from 15 - 19 May.

This year's PAW theme, trust and transparency, reinforces the message that organisations, agencies and individuals must be vigilant in maintaining a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities for the handling of personal information. Australian Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim emphasises 'for businesses and government agencies this means that privacy is part of good governance and made a key priority. For individuals, it means understanding your rights, making choices and taking charge of your privacy in the digital age.'

Watch these videos for more on your privacy rights:

You can also join the conversation by following #2017PAW on Twitter.

You can find out more about the Archives privacy policy on this website.

Our policy addresses the following issues: eg. the types of personal information we collect, use or disclose, if sensitive personal information is collected, if your personal information will be used for direct marketing or disclosed overseas, how you can access and correct your personal information and how you can make a privacy complaint to us.

Of course, we are not the only agency that collects your personal information. Here are some tips from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to help you protect your own personal information:

  • Know your privacy rights
  • Read privacy policies and collection notices
  • Always ask why, how and who — this will help you to know how your personal information is going to be used
  • Check your credit report
  • Protect yourself online
  • Be aware of your mobile security
  • Use security software
  • Be careful what you share on social media
  • Don't leave your personal information lying around — make sure your records are properly destroyed
  • Beware of scams

More information on your privacy rights is available on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's Privacy Awareness Week

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