Privacy Commissioner issues media release in National Cyber Security Awareness Week.

May 20, 2013 |

Today the Privacy Commissioner issued a press release regarding cyber security in line with National Cyber Security Awareness week, commencing today.

It states, in part:

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim today encouraged all Australians to take steps to protect their personal information during National Cyber Security Awareness Week (20 to 24 May 2013). The aim of the Awareness Week is to help people understand the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information when online.

‘The web has become part of our daily life — the place where we socialise, shop, and do business. At the same time we are sharing more personal information than ever before and potentially exposing ourselves to a number of risks which we need to manage,’ Timothy Pilgrim said.

‘Take the time to protect your personal information. Check the privacy settings on your social networking and mobile sites to make sure your personal information is protected and to reduce the likelihood that someone might take advantage of it,’ he said.

‘Other simple steps are to create strong passwords, change them regularly and think about what personal information you are storing on your mobile or computer,’ Mr Pilgrim added.

Business and government also have a responsibility to protect the personal information they hold about their customers or risk financial costs, lost reputation and customer trust.

‘Businesses and government agencies cannot ignore the need to take steps to protect the personal information of their customers or clients. This is critical to meet the current requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 as well as new privacy requirements due to commence in less than a year,’ Timothy Pilgrim said.

 

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