Individuals may complain to the Information Commissioner if they believe their privacy has been interfered with and there has been a breach of:
- the Australian Privacy Principles;
- an approved Privacy Code, with limited exceptions;
- the credit-reporting provisions in the Privacy A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 1988 (Cth) and the Privacy (A debt that does not have to be paid until some future time. Being allowed to pay later, in the future, for something you are getting now. Reporting) Code 2014 (Version 1.2);
- the COVIDSafe app data protections under Part VIIIA of the PA 1988;
- the tax file number guidelines;
- the guidelines for the Medicare Benefits and Pharmaceutical Benefits Programs;
- the Commonwealth Spent Convictions Scheme;
- the Under the Australian Consumer Law, a person who buys goods or services for less than $40 000 or for personal or home use. Data Right scheme;
- the Information Privacy Act 2014 (ACT).
The Information Commissioner’s website (www.oaic.gov.au) includes information about whether the commissioner is likely to be able to handle a complaint, and information about the complaint process.
If the Information Commissioner forms the opinion that a tax file number or credit-reporting A criminal act prohibited by state or commonwealth criminal law. An offence is either a summary offence (minor) or an indictable offence (serious). may have been committed, the matter A document that sets out what a person wants to happen to their money and other property after they die. be referred to the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police or the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for possible criminal investigation. For the Information Commissioner’s details, see ‘Contacts’ at the end of this chapter.