Though it is not often that a client will sue a company in relation to data protection policy breaches, startups may still receive
complaints from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
on behalf of a client. In fact, Australia’s privacy requirements are amongst the strictest in the world which means that startups are often
required by law to update their privacy policies. An updated privacy policies may be a response to any of the below:
Internal Changes to Handling of Data
then be communicated through channels such as on a startup’s website, via email or through postal lists.
To Comply with Laws and Regulations
The Privacy Act 1988 has strict general data protection regulations about how a startup should handle a client’s personal information. This means that a startup must be diligent when it comes to complying with the relevant data protection laws. The Act requires startups to be transparent with their client base about how their data is collected and stored. This information should then be made visible and easily accessible on a company’s website.
To Comply with International Policy
Australia is strict when it comes to a consumer’s right to privacy. Your startup will therefore need to be cautious when it comes to your data protection policies. At Allied Legal we understand the importance of protecting both your clients and your startup. If you need a commercial lawyer on your side, you can get in touch on 03 8691 3111 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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