Recordkeeping FAQs – Do the European Union’s new privacy laws apply to NSW public offices? May 11, 2018

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new data privacy legislation introduced to protect the personal data of all citizens across the EU. The GDPR comes into effect in a matter of weeks, on May 25th 2018.

Although a European law, the GDPR is designed to have extra-territorial reach and may apply to some NSW public offices, such as universities.

As this month is Information Awareness Month, it is more relevant than ever to ensure that NSW public offices are remaining up to date with new privacy regulations. According to NSW Information Commissioner Elizabeth Tydd, Information Awareness Month is a “timely reminder” of the importance of good governance and best practice around information management. Privacy frameworks such as the GDPR are designed to promote and regulate precisely this.

The Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) has created a fact sheet to inform NSW public sector agencies of their responsibilities in regards to the new legislation. The fact sheet includes answers to a few of the common questions about the GDPR, such as:

Does my public sector agency need to comply with GDPR?

How is the GDPR different to NSW privacy laws?

What are the risks of not complying with the GDPR?

For answers to these questions and more information about how the GDPR could affect the NSW public sector, visit the IPC’s fact sheet.

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