The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has been overhauled in Australia’s 2014 budget with the disbanding of the OAIC and the reallocation of its tasks to other government agencies, ZDNet reports. As of 1 January, the OAIC will no longer exist as its own entity, and its 63.3 internal staff and additional external staff members will be redistributed among other government agencies. Privacy law will be administered by Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim from a Sydney office, the report states, and the OAIC will no longer advise on information policy. Australian Information Commissioner John McMillan, Freedom of Information Commissioner James Popple and Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim have issued a statement acknowledging the government’s decision and highlighting the OAIC’s achievements since its inception in 2010. In the midst of this news, the OAIC had announced privacy complaints are expected to increase by more than 100 percent over last year.
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