In this online age, it is often easy to forget the importance of
safeguarding private information, so Coffs Harbour City Council is supporting
the NSW Information and Privacy Commission’s message that people need to think
about their privacy when using new technology.
Privacy Awareness Week 2015 (PAW 2015), an annual initiative of the Asia
Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), kicks off in the first week of May (3-9 May
This year the theme in NSW is ‘Privacy Matters @ Any Age’, which
highlights the fact that no matter your age, your privacy and the protection of
your personal information is important.
“The use of smart devices, mobile apps and online services is convenient and
fun but it’s important to remember when using these devices to still protect
our personal information,” said NSW Privacy Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs.
“’Privacy Matters @ Any Age’ encourages us to ask, what my
responsibilities are when using online services, what privacy settings are
available and how do I use them and how do I find out how to stay safe online?”
This year, Dr Coombs has made the state’s older community the
focus of her campaign message.
“I am keen to assist older people to feel confident about using
the internet while protecting their privacy online. Everyone should have the
confidence to communicate digitally,” she said.
“My office has developed a range of free downloadable resources
about protecting your privacy including tips when using social media, and a
guide to privacy laws in NSW. I also encourage people to make contact with my
office if they are interested in finding out more about privacy in NSW.”
These are available at IPC's PAW
2015 web page. People with a specific inquiry or need assistance with a privacy
issue, should call 1800 472 679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org