Client Update: Australia’s Latest Data Breach Report Reveals Increasing Notifiable Data Breaches

Mandatory personal data breach notification laws were introduced in Australia in February 2018 which required organisations to notify data breaches likely to result in serious harm to any individuals to those persons and the Australian Information Commissioner (the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme).

On 31 July 2018, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released its Notifiable Data Breaches Quarterly Statistics Report for the period 1 April to 30 June 2018 (the Report) relating to the NDB scheme.

The NDB Report July 2018 is the first full quarter of operation of the NDB scheme since it commenced on 22 February 2018, with the first OAIC NDB scheme quarterly statistics report (which covered the period 1 January to 31 March 2018) (First Report) covering only a part period given the NDB scheme took zeffect on 22 February 2018.

The aim of these OAIC NDB reports is to provide statistical information on data breaches occurring in Australia and the reasons why they happen in order to inform organisations to take steps to prevent reoccurrence.

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