The Privacy scheme in the NT Information Act 2002 is about making sure that NT public sector organisations respect your privacy when they collect or handle personal information about you.
The rules for protecting your privacy are set out in 10 Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that appear in the Schedule at the end of the Information Act 2002. The requirements of the IPPs can be divided into four categories:
The Information Act 2002 recognises that it is often necessary to find a balance between the privacy interests of the person whose information is collected or handled and the legitimate interests of good government and other people.
The IPPs set out general rules for organisations to apply. But those rules are subject to qualifications and exceptions that recognise those other interests.
Examples of those qualifications and exceptions are:
Collection (IPPs 1, 7, 8, 10)
Personal information about you-
Use and Disclosure (IPPs 2, 7, 9)
Personal information can be used or disclosed for the purpose for which it was collected. The IPPs limit the other purposes (secondary purposes) for which personal information can be used or disclosed within the organisation or outside the organisation. Use or disclosure for secondary purposes is allowed-
There are also limits on transferring information outside the Territory and on use and disclosure of unique identifying codes (eg., driver's licence numbers).
Management (IPPs 3, 4)
Each organisation must take reasonable steps to -
Openness (IPPs 1, 5 and 6)
Each organisation must-
If you want to complain about a breach of privacy, obtain information, or you are concerned about why or how your information has been collected or handled, you should contact the organisation concerned.
If you have trouble contacting the right person in the organisation, you can contact us for further assistance.
For events that happen after 1 July 2004, you will be able to complain to the Information Commissioner about a breach of the IPPs or other interference with your privacy, so long as you have requested the organisation to take action and you have not received a satisfactory response.
For more information, visit Privacy Making an Inquiry or Complaint.
There is no fee for making a complaint about a breach of privacy either to the organisation or to the Information Commissioner.
IPP 6 says that, if a fee is charged for the cost of providing access to personal information, it must not be excessive.
Limited cover for some organisations.
The IPPs don't apply to:
The Information Act 2002 does not apply to Commonwealth agencies or private organisations. There is a Commonwealth Privacy scheme that applies to Commonwealth government agencies and some private businesses. You can contact the agency or business concerned, or the Federal Privacy Commissioner to see whether they are covered by a Privacy scheme.
The website of the Privacy Victoria has a lot of useful information. The NT Privacy Principles are very similar to the Victorian privacy principles but you should always remember that there are some differences.
The websites of the Federal Privacy Commissioner and the New South Wales Privacy Commissioner also have a lot of useful information. But it is important to remember that the wording of the privacy principles for the Commonwealth and New South Wales differs from the NT principles in a number of ways.