02.Protecting your privacy
In Australia, the Privacy Act outlines 10 national privacy principles. These principles don’t specifically address electronic privacy and internet-related personal information, but are intended to cover the collection of personal information via websites.
- Personal information should only be collected if it is necessary for one or more of its functions or activities and it should not be done in a way that is intrusive or unfair.
- If an individual has not consented, organisations must not use or disclose personal information for any reason other than the primary purpose of collection.
- Adequate protections are in place to secure any personal information collected.
The European Union drafted a specific directive to member countries to protect the privacy and personal data of internet users in relation to cookies and other tracking and monitoring applications. The directive is intended to be drafted into the countries' local laws and countries are on a timeline for compliance.