Privacy Awareness Week 2021 runs from 3 – 9 May, and this year’s campaign is a timely reminder to make privacy a priority and protect personal information. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the way we work and socialise, safeguarding your data online is more important than ever.
If you aren’t protecting your personal information online, you could be sharing things you would rather keep private.
As more of our work, study and socialising is taking place online, we may share more than we intend to. Personal information such as contact details, financial or even sensitive health information can be revealed online in ways we may not expect.
Online tracking, sophisticated phishing scams and data breaches are just some of the issues that can have a serious impact on our privacy. In fact, Australians see identity theft, fraud, data breaches and security as the biggest privacy risks we face today.
The Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey 2020 revealed that even though most Australians (85%) have a clear understanding of why they should protect personal information, 49% don’t know how to go about it. Our personal information is valuable and worth protecting. But if you don’t know how, you are not alone. Many aren’t doing enough to safeguard their privacy due to lack of time, knowledge and the perceived difficulty of the process—it’s easier and faster than you think.
There are a range of resources available this Privacy Awareness Week to help you make privacy a priority:
- OAIC Privacy Challenge—put your data protection skills to the test and become a privacy pro!
- Simple steps you can take at home and at work to help you protect personal information.
- OIC Privacy Awareness Week launch at The Edge, State Library of Queensland (livestream also available).
Griffith’s Privacy & Integrity Officer, Archi Lovell, will also be delivering a privacy awareness session via Teams on Wednesday 5 May at 2 pm.
Everyone has a responsibility under the Information Privacy Act 2009 to protect and respect the personal information Griffith University collects, holds and shares. Please take some time this Privacy Awareness Week to familiarise yourself with our Privacy Plan, Integrity at Griffith or chat with Archi if you have any questions.