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Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012

Details:

Title

Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012

Other title

Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report 2011 - 12

Creator

Northern Territory. Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report; Annual Report

Date

2012-09-30

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Whistle blowing; Law and Legislation; Annual report; Periodicals

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report; Annual Report

Volume

2011/12

Previously known as

Office of the Information Commissioner

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243418

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/603229

Page content

Page 38 7. Privacy protection Part 5 of the Information Act is concerned with information privacy; that is, how an individuals personal information is collected, handled, used and protected by public sector organisations. The Information Act protects an individuals privacy by providing a set of principles and guidelines for the implementation of responsible procedures in public sector organisations when handling personal information. The Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) are set out in Schedule 2 of the Act. The Office provides privacy advice to individuals and organisations, and investigates complaints by individuals when they believe that a public sector organisation has breached their privacy. 7.1. Privacy activity in 2011-12 The Office of the Information Commissioner has continued to work with organisations to assist in the development of privacy-friendly legislation, policies, and procedures. Most of the 636 hours of policy assistance and advice provided by the office in 2011-12 was privacy-related advice, and further detail on the range of topics advised on is detailed in part 8.1 of this report. 7.2. Privacy complaints in 2011-12 A person who believes that their privacy has been breached is required to give the organisation that allegedly breached their privacy a reasonable opportunity to address their concerns. If they are dissatisfied with the organisations response, they may lodge a complaint to the Commissioner. This year the Office handled seven privacy complaints. Most were resolved at an early stage via mediation or informal negotiations. If the parties do not resolve matters between themselves, the Information Commissioner must conduct mediation. If no resolution is reached, a hearing takes place at which binding orders may be made and one privacy matter was referred to hearing during the reporting period. 7.3. Privacy complaints in 2011-12 Privacy Complaints to the Information Commissioner Respondent Organisation Lodged Not accepted Resolved Informally Prima Facie Mediation Hearing Open at end of year DOH 1 (1) 1 1 1 1 DOJ 2 (0) 1 1 NTPFES (2) 1 1 1 1 TIO (1) 1 1 1 TOTAL 3 (4)* 2 3 2 3 1 2 * figures (in brackets) are complaints carried over from the previous year


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