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Notifiable Data Breach Scheme

A reminder that Australia’s Notifiable Data Breach Scheme comes into effect on 22 February 2018.

See https://www.oaic.gov.au/engage-with-us/consultations/notifiable-data-breaches/ for more information.

What is a Notifiable Data Breach?

A Notifiable Data Breach is a data breach that is likely to result in serious harm to any of the individuals to whom the information relates.

A data breach occurs when personal information held by an organisation is lost or subjected to unauthorised access or disclosure.

Examples of a data breach include when:

  • a device containing customers’ personal information is lost or stolen
  • a database containing personal information is hacked
  • personal information is mistakenly provided to the wrong person.

And across the world, in the UK, changes to the UK’s data protection laws come into force in May 2018.  The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the existing Data Protection Act 1998 and although this change originates from the European Union (EU) the UK government has said that it will still apply post-Brexit.