Privacy at Work

The advent of the Information Technology era has brought many benefits but also some risks and issues.

One such issue is the privacy of your personal information. This includes information on your:

This information, in the wrong hands, is potentially very damaging to the individual. Identity theft is an increasing crime statistic. Anyone who suffers this crime can lose funds from their bank account, lose their credit rating and even find others using your identity to perpetrate crimes in your name.

Businesses must necessarily collect information on their employees. In particular, a business will keep information that will enable employees to receive the correct amount of pay and superannuation, and to deduct the appropriate amount of tax.

This information must be appropriately handled to prevent the possibility of the crime of "Identity Theft". In Australia, all businesses should be aware of the National Privacy Principles, which are enshrined in legislation (Commonwealth of Australia):

This legislation provides a set of ten (10) National Privacy Principles:

  Subject Matter Covered
Principle 1 Collection Principle
Principle 2 Use and disclosure Principle
Principle 3 Data quality Principle
Principle 4 Data security Principle
Principle 5 Openness Principle
Principle 6 Access and correction
Principle 7 Identifiers Principle
Principle 8 Anonymity Principle
Principle 9 Trans border data flows Principle
Principle 10 Sensitive information


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National Privacy Principles

Not only should employees be concerned about their personal information being misused, but also there is a need to be aware that businesses will monitor their employees in variety of ways including:

Emails can be monitored electronically
Web browsing can be monitored electronically
Telephone calls can be monitored
Employees can be surveilled using CCTV.



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