Dealing with Data Breaches

How to manage data security risks, protect your business and comply with the new legal requirements introduced in February 2018. Public confidence in data security is at an all-time low. The media constantly reports further examples of businesses being hacked and personal data being lost or stolen. Are your business systems secure? Is personal information held by your organisation secure? Do you have processes in place for managing data breaches? In the event of a data breach, your company’s response will be highly scrutinised. You will be held accountable by the public and under the law. Anonymous hackers cannot be used as the scapegoat. Importantly, you must comply with your new legal obli

Privacy Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying or Selling a Business

Are you contemplating buying or selling a business? If so, you need to be aware of how Australia’s privacy laws affect this type of transaction. The key piece of legislation is the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). This Act regulates the handling of “personal information”, which is defined as “information or an opinion…about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable”. Common examples of personal information include: an individual’s name, contact details, date of birth, medical records and bank account details. Buying or selling a business will usually involve the disclosure of personal information about individuals such as customers, employees, suppliers a

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