And now there’s a deadline fast approaching – 12 March 2014. After which they’ll start imposing fines. Ouch. Don’t get caught out. Here’s what you need to know:
- You have an e-commerce website
- Your annual turnover is over $3 million, or
- You collect personal information (addresses, phone numbers, etc.) via your website
And it’s easy, so just do it.
- The type of personal information that you collect and store
- The purposes for which you collect, hold, use and disclose personal information
- How you collect and securely store personal information
- How an individual may access and correct any information you hold on them
- How an individual may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how you’ll deal with the complaint, and
- Whether you disclose personal information to other people or organisations, and if they’re overseas which countries
Make sure you keep this information up-to-date. It has to apply to your business – so don’t copy from another website.
4. And keep up-to-date with future changes
With the growth of the Internet there is a stronger focus on Privacy and consumer protection. Rogue businesses and online scams are cropping up around the world and Governments are putting the emphasis on protecting consumers by placing stricter requirements on online business owners.
There are likely to be regular updates required with the growth of online businesses and attempts to standardise Privacy globally. As a business owner you need to ensure you keep up with the changes. Some sites offer legal templates with free updates and also have blogs that you can sign up for to keep you up-to-date (we offer both at Legal123!).
So the deadline is approaching. Make sure you comply in the next couple of months.