Victorian Privacy Commissioner Helen Versey submitted her 2009-2010 Annual Report to parliament last week. In the report, Versey discusses the privacy challenges that come with new technologies, emergency response planning and publishing personal information online. "While there is a legitimate public interest in making public records more available, organisations need to be conscious that by publishing information online it becomes more readily available to those who seek personal information for illegitimate purposes--and that once published online, it is out there forever," says Versey. She encourages organisations to consult her office early on privacy-related policies and outlines complaints and inquiries that the office handled throughout the past year.
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