If you aren’t protecting your personal information online, you could be sharing things you would rather keep private. As more of our day-to-day lives take place online, for work, study, and socialising, we may share more than we intend to. Our personal information such as our contact details, financial or even sensitive information about our health or beliefs 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 and fraud, and data breaches and security, as the biggest privacy risks we face today.
Half of Australians don't know how to protect their personal information. Our personal information is valuable and worth protecting. But if you don’t know how, you are not alone. 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. 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. Take steps to make privacy a priority today
We have identified simple steps to help you protect your personal information that you can take right now. We've also put together key tips and guidance for Australian Government agencies and businesses covered by the Privacy Act 1988 to help them protect the personal information they collect.
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