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Communtity Law Manual | Privacy & information | Privacy and information

Privacy and information

Protections for your information and your right to access it

What this chapter covers

This chapter explains:

  • the kinds of information and the kinds of organisations covered by the privacy and information rules in the Privacy Act
  • the rules for when and how public and private-sector organisations can collect, store, use, access and disclose your information
  • how you can get access to information that public and private-sector organisations hold about you, and get the information corrected if it’s wrong
  • about privacy codes of practice under the Act for particular areas of life, like health services and credit reporting
  • information-matching and information-sharing by government agencies
  • how to complain to the Privacy Commissioner if the privacy and information laws are broken.

    Note: The Community Law Manual no longer includes a separate chapter on schools and students’ rights; that information is available on the website and the book Problems at School available for purchase from

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