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Privacy Rights & Guarding Personal Information in the Spotlight

Canberra, ACT, Australia (News4us.com) May 03, 2011

Privacy Rights & Guarding Personal Information in the Spotlight

Privacy Rights & Guarding Personal Information in the Spotlight

We are asked for our personal information so often that we tend to forget that we have privacy rights. The key focus of Privacy Awareness Week 2011 is all about you: what can you do to protect your personal information and the information of others you might handle?

‘It’s sometimes easy to disclose more information about ourselves than we need to,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. ‘Your personal information is yours alone and you are generally under no obligation to hand it over to anyone without knowing what they are going to do with it.’

To mark Privacy Awareness Week, the ACMA is providing a suite of resources for teachers, parents and teens on e-security, keeping personal information safe and identity theft. The ACMA also provides important privacy information about smartphones and why you should treat your mobile phone like you would your wallet.

Protect your own personal information by:

  • Checking your online privacy settings (don’t forget your social networking profile and your browser settings)
  • Thinking about how much personal information you want to reveal before you do
  • Asking organisations what will happen to your information when you give it to them

The Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities are interested in hearing about your experience of privacy and social media. Take part in their survey and tell your story at www.privacyawarenessweek.org. While you are there, you can view and share the short humorous animation with your friends and family.

For more information about the ACMA’s Cybersafety programs, visit www.cybersmart.gov.au

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Blake Murdoch, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7817, 0411 504 687 or media@acma.gov.au.


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